Mike Gundy went all in, both barrels and knee deep on the Longhorn Network.
Good for him.
Oklahoma State’s head football coach told CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd that the LHN was “a failure,” needed to be “eliminated” and said as long as Texas has its own network, the Big 12 Conference will “continue to have issues.”
“If Texas doesn’t (fold LHN) in X number of years, they’re going to be in the Pac-12 or SEC,” Gundy said. “If that’s what they want, keep riding this horse. If you don’t want that, you better make some changes or it’s going to happen whether you like it or not.”
Gundy essentially says the LHN will inhibit the Big 12’s ability to implement its own network, which OU president David Boren says will reap $4-6 million annually for each league school. Boren has been an outspoken proponent for sweeping Big 12 revisions.
“I appreciate what Boren is doing,” Gundy told Dodd.
However, Gundy doesn’t agree with all of Boren’s propositions that include expanding the Big 12 from 10 to 12 members and staging a conference championship game. Boren said enhancing the Big 12 shouldn’t be done piecemeal, but Gundy isn’t among those who favor expansion.
“I don’t see anyone coming into this league,” Gundy said. “Who you going to get? You need strong football history, tradition, some type of television market. They want schools that have reputation academically. That market is not out there right now.”
Gundy is right that a conference championship game doesn’t make sense if the league stays at 10 members, but it would be a necessity if membership expands to 12 and the round-robin schedule is shelved for divisional play.
“We don’t need a championship game,” Gundy said.