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Texas discusses Longhorn Network with Big 12 rivals

By JIM VERTUNO , AP Sports Writer Published: July 20, 2011
“And we're walking through it.”

If the network does broadcast high school games, Dodds said Texas will insist that it not be involved in selecting games and that all references the Longhorns and their famous logo be removed.

“We do not want to use it as a recruiting advantage. We don't want it tied to Texas,” Dodds said. “ESPN knows we don't want to violate any NCAA rules and they don't want to.”

Dodds said he realizes some Big 12 rivals might be upset if their game against Texas was put on network and their fans were asked to buy it. Dodds has proposed letting the Big 12 have a say in which game be moved to the network and allowing that school to keep its regular allotment of games on ESPN or Fox, the league's network partners.

Dodds also said Texas would pay those schools to have the game on the network, but did not say how much.

Bringing the conference into the scheduling would put a more neutral party into the decision making.

“The conference will be a part of how we do these things,” Dodds said.

ESPN has not announced a cable or satellite carrier for the network, which is scheduled to launch Aug. 26.

“We want to play by the rules,” Dodds said. “We want everything to be in the open with integrity.”


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