Johnny High School won’t be seen on the Longhorn Network this season, scoring touchdowns under the Bevo sign. Kansas State fans won’t have to buy the Texas network just to watch their Wildcats spank UT once again, unless KSU agrees to the indignity. The Big 12 stood up to the Longhorns on Monday. Athletic directors voted to ban the high schoolers from university-branded media for at least a year. The one-year ban is in effect until the NCAA has time to enforce its own rule. The Big 12 also put the kibosh on the Longhorn Network airing a conference game, unless the league and the opponent agree. See, that wasn’t so hard, was it? Standing up to Texas does not summon the Apocalypse. Standing up to Texas does not get you punched in the nose. Truth is, the ’Horns have little option but to compromise. They’ve painted themselves into a burnt orange corner. It’s a plush corner, flowing with milk and money, but a corner it remains. Texas has nowhere to go. The Longhorn Network means Texas is off limits to all the usual suspects. Pac-12. Big Ten. SEC. The ’Horns can’t come to the party and bring ESPN as a date. The Big Ten has a lucrative network; not even Bevo is a big enough cash cow to threaten that mother lode. The Pac-12 just announced its own network, a complicated labyrinth that gives all those great West Coast sports a home. Softball. Baseball. Water polo. Unlike the Big Ten, the Pac-12 has stuff not involving football and hoops that you might actually watch. And just wait until the SEC gets into the network business. That league can just put aerial tours of SEC stadiums and mindless interviews of SEC coaches on a loop, and the fanatics will sign up before sundown. Everyone wants Texas, but no one wants the Longhorn Network. Only the Big 12 supplies the open marriage Texas craves — the best of the both worlds — so it’s independence or bust for UT. And independence doesn’t work. Notre Dame clings because the Irish still think it’s 1966. Brigham Young declared last summer because arch-rival Utah got the desired call from the Pac-10, and BYU couldn’t very well sit there in the Mountain West and pretend all was right with the world. But independence isn’t anything it’s cracked up to be. Texas football might be fine — Notre Dame fine, not Oklahoma fine — as an independent, so long as the ’Horns soon get back in the quarterbacking business. But independence would be disastrous for UT’s other sports. I know football rows the aircraft carrier, but you can’t put basketball and baseball and softball into a scheduling sinkhole. Sure, some mid-major conference would take UT as a non-football member. But the Longhorns don’t pay Rick Barnes $2.4 million a year to beat Rice. Don’t pay Augie Garrido almost $1 million a year to sweep a baseball series from Colorado State. The Longhorns take pride in their department-wide success, and they should. Texas is good at most everything, and major-conference affiliation is primary to that mission. So DeLoss Dodds isn’t just blustering when talking about commitment to the Big 12. The Texas athletic director is absolutely committed to the Big 12. The ’Horns need the Big 12 as much as the Big 12 needs the ’Horns. That’s why standing up to Texas is solid strategy. The ’Horns will back down, if necessary. To its credit, Texas doesn’t practice espionage. The ’Horns aren’t devious. You know where they stand. You can’t blame the Bevos for milking its network for all its worth. Use all ambiguity to your advantage. Texas will push and push and push. That’s why you have to push back. The ’Horns can be insufferable at times. OK, most of the time. Nobody knows better than us Oklahomans how insufferable Texas can be. But the way you deal with the Longhorns is to beat them on the football field and stand up to them in the boardroom, if you’re in the right. The other nine Big 12 schools were on the side of the angels Monday in Dallas. High school games don’t belong on the Longhorn Network. Truth is, high school games don’t belong on any network. What has society come to? Oh well, back to Texas. This is how it’s supposed to work. Agree to the parameters, and when there’s confusion, get together and figure it out. This is how it’s supposed to work. The idea that Texas runs the Big 12 is without merit. The Big 12 needs Texas. Has to have Texas. Can’t live without Texas. But Texas needs the Big 12. Stand up to the Longhorns, and the Longhorns will stand down. Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.