Plaque Brown, up to his old antics.
Remember, not so many years ago, when the much hyped and/or maligned Longhorn Network was going to make Texas, already the most powerful athletic program in the country, pretty much untouchable? Remember, not so many years ago, when ESPN's $300 million investment in the Longhorn brand was going to all but guarantee that UT would haul in the best recruiting classes in America year after year and hand deliver the Longhorns National Title after National Title? (Interesting aside: Check the headlines from the SI.com and ESPN.com postings of the same story. ESPN's reads: Mack Brown discusses network. SI's reads: Texas Coach Brown complains about Longhorn Network. Do I smell spin control?) Remember, not so long ago, when the Longhorn Network was deemed to be SUCH an advantage that it, at least momentarily, had the Big 12 teetering on the brink of extinction?
Uh... not so much, anymore.
It's pretty amazing how the most entitled program in College Sports can attempt to generate sympathy from a decision that they made on their own to make themselves even more entitled, but that's how these folks act. Mack Brown, the most well-paid coach in America, is complaining that a TV deal that gives his program the most visibility in the country and that has been touted as revolutionary, actually leaves his boys a little TOO exposed. Believe it or not, this isn't the same tune Mack was singing in 2011 when the Network went live. To wit (via THIS):