John Hoover

Mike Gundy comes out blazing on Longhorn Network

Mike Gundy comes out blazing on Longhorn Network
Mike Gundy thinks the Longhorn Network needs to die or the Big 12 will "continue to have issues"

Mike Gundy thinks the Longhorn Network needs to die or the Big 12 will “continue to have issues.”

Mike Gundy went all in, both barrels and knee deep on the Longhorn Network.

Good for him.

Oklahoma State’s head football coach told’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.

You can read Dodd’s full column here.


John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he’s now co-host of “Further Review” on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World’s lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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