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Hooked: Brown Says LHN May Be Affecting Texas' On-Field Product
Published October 23, 2012
THEY ASKED FOR IT: In Austin, Kirk Bohls writes when Brown "complains that he has to commit too much time to his duties with the Longhorn Network, it smacks of blatant hypocrisy." Bohls: "Texas is overexposed because, well, Texas sought the extra exposure. Go figure." His "own school pursued 24/7 coverage of all things burnt orange" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 10/23). In Ft. Worth, Mac Engel asked, "What were Brown and UT expecting when they agreed to a 20-year deal with ESPN for $300 million -- all softball all the time?" Engel: "The only way this network was going to be sold to more cable carriers was increased access to a football team that wins a lot. Softball and women's soccer isn't going to cut it" (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 10/22). YAHOO SPORTS' Frank Schwab wrote, "To think that Oklahoma beat Texas 63-21 because of the network ... is flat out preposterous. To think that Texas can't tackle anyone this season because Mack Brown has to drive to the network studios to answer some questions is absurd." To think "that opponents are winning because of things they pick up on the Longhorn Network ... is paranoia at its most extreme." The whole thing "comes off as whining in the worst way" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/22). In San Antonio, Buck Harvey writes under the header, "Poor Mack: The Great Salesman Is Tone Deaf" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 10/23).