On Bowlsby, the process of moving to the SEC and the LHN

Les Cowbell

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Some day a book (or at least a series) will be written about this move to the SEC. Until then we don't know a lot about the process but one thing that just doesn't seem to make sense is the story from UT flak Chip Brown saying the University of Texas is paying the GOR penalty for them AND for OU through the money it would get from ESPN when the Longhorn Network goes away 10 years early. If true, why in the world would a school known for not giving a rat's behind about anyone else do that? Well Bowlsby's attack on all three entities today may provide a clue, at least to me.

ESPN is looking to cut costs and increase revenue and moving OU and UT to the SEC would do both. Yes, they'll have to pay Texas what is owed for the LHN but they won't have to pay production costs on it going forward. Secondly, they won't have to keep their contract with the Big 12 when it expires and the schedule is filled with even more stinkers than it was before. The new SEC is going to draw even more eyes but costs will be for one conference of 16 teams and not two with 26 teams.

And why would Texas go along? I bet there were back channel talks between Texas and ESPN, and maybe OU or they were brought in later, about moving but Texas was concerned about the LHN and OU was concerned bout ponying up the almost 80 million for the GOR. Well, lookeee here, the money ESPN owed Texas for the LHN just about matches what the two schools would owe the conference for the penalty. Texas wouldn't like it but ESPN wouldn't think much of a move in which it was just Texas. The Horns may or may not come back to the status of a top 10 or top 15 program under its new coach but the Sooners are a top five program and has been for two decades; no doubt the ESPN execs look at the recent recruiting success of Riley et al and see only further success for this year's likely preseason No. 1.

So t sum up, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if ESPN put pressure on UT to give up that LHN money in exchange for facilitating the move of both schools.
 

Ryan Chapman

Administrator
Staff member
Some day a book (or at least a series) will be written about this move to the SEC. Until then we don't know a lot about the process but one thing that just doesn't seem to make sense is the story from UT flak Chip Brown saying the University of Texas is paying the GOR penalty for them AND for OU through the money it would get from ESPN when the Longhorn Network goes away 10 years early. If true, why in the world would a school known for not giving a rat's behind about anyone else do that? Well Bowlsby's attack on all three entities today may provide a clue, at least to me.

ESPN is looking to cut costs and increase revenue and moving OU and UT to the SEC would do both. Yes, they'll have to pay Texas what is owed for the LHN but they won't have to pay production costs on it going forward. Secondly, they won't have to keep their contract with the Big 12 when it expires and the schedule is filled with even more stinkers than it was before. The new SEC is going to draw even more eyes but costs will be for one conference of 16 teams and not two with 26 teams.

And why would Texas go along? I bet there were back channel talks between Texas and ESPN, and maybe OU or they were brought in later, about moving but Texas was concerned about the LHN and OU was concerned bout ponying up the almost 80 million for the GOR. Well, lookeee here, the money ESPN owed Texas for the LHN just about matches what the two schools would owe the conference for the penalty. Texas wouldn't like it but ESPN wouldn't think much of a move in which it was just Texas. The Horns may or may not come back to the status of a top 10 or top 15 program under its new coach but the Sooners are a top five program and has been for two decades; no doubt the ESPN execs look at the recent recruiting success of Riley et al and see only further success for this year's likely preseason No. 1.

So t sum up, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if ESPN put pressure on UT to give up that LHN money in exchange for facilitating the move of both schools.
Food for thought: maybe the 'Horns are more indebted to the Sooners than some think. The narrative of OU following Texas to the SEC seems to be more fan fiction than reality
 

Les Cowbell

New member
Food for thought: maybe the 'Horns are more indebted to the Sooners than some think. The narrative of OU following Texas to the SEC seems to be more fan fiction than reality
I agree that Texas is more beholden than people, especially national people, understand. I just can't get over that $80M act of benevolence. It will be really interesting for me to read, hopefully sooner than later, the inside story of how this all came about.
 

Les Cowbell

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It doesn't sound like something the horns would do: let OU off the hook for $80M. Something doesn't smell right.
That's my feeling too. That's why I think ESPN put the pressure on them, either to get out of the LHN and/or because the Horns weren't quite attractive enough without OU.
 
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