This isn't exactly news, per se; you could have read in this space first thing this morning that Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe had put a temporary hold on the Longhorn Network's plans to air Texas high school games and one Longhorn conference matchup. But with rumors about Texas A&M and Oklahoma's levels of discontent with the promised network continuing to swirl, Beebe issued an official league statement Thursday afternoon regarding the joint venture between Texas and ESPN.
The statement reads:
The Conference members are committed to working together to address issues in a manner that benefits all members. There are elements of our new television agreement, which take effect in 2012, that need clarification and the members will be working together to develop a process that will work to the benefit of the entire Conference. Until the members have a chance to consider all the issues and come to conclusion about how the Conference will manage the interplay between the Conference television package and institutional networks, no more than one live football game will be televised on any institutional network and no high school content will be televised on a branded member’s network.In other words: High school games and the promised Big 12 game aren't totally ruled out yet ... but until the Aggies and Sooners are satisfied that the Longhorn Network's policies are truly "benfitting all members" of the Big 12, don't expect them to get the OK any time soon.
But at the same time, that the Longhorns (and their television partners) appear to be willing to reach some kind of compromise might indicate that the rumored A&M/Oklahoma-to-the-SEC split might not be in the immediate future, either.