Longhorn Network has become a scourge
Texas athletics has hit the skids since the network launched less than two years ago. It's not just football. It's men's basketball. It's women's basketball. It's baseball.
Even the most dedicated of Texas fans might want to look away.
That's because football isn't the only sport to struggle. Basketball, the big winter staple of the network, might actually be in worse shape than football.
The men's team has yet to score a Big 12 win. There were a pair of overtime losses to Baylor and West Virginia, then came a 20-point loss at Iowa State and a close-but-no-cigar loss to Kansas.
The Longhorns do have a big win on their nonconference resume, a double-digit beatdown of North Carolina, but there's also a loss to Chaminade.
Do those two cancel each other out?
I vote yes.
Women's basketball is in the midst of a similar slide. After losing to Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon, the Longhorns' losing streak has hit eight games, including its first six Big 12 games.
These Longhorns are having a tough time off the court, too. Earlier this week, they had not one but two players end their careers because of injury. Senior center Cokie Reed and junior guard Chelsea Bass decided to retire for medical reasons.
Talk about some bad karma.
But wait, there's more.
The always powerful Texas baseball team failed to make the NCAA Tournament last spring. Ditto for the usually strong women's soccer team this past fall.
But lest you're feeling sorry for the burnt orange — though I suspect you aren't — all is not lost in Austin. Men's golf won an NCAA title last spring. Women's volleyball won one in December.
Does any of that make good TV for the Longhorn Network?
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