25 Jan 2011
Texas' landmark $300 million deal with ESPN last week to launch a Longhorn television network had been in the works for years. But after flirting with the Big Ten and Pac-10 during last summer's conference realignment saga, Texas' decision to anchor the ten-team Big 12 made the network and its financial windfall possible. It also opened the door for another potential decision: football independence.
Setting aside the financial and non-revenue sports aspects of such a decision, what might the impact of independent Texas football have on the Longhorns competitive interests? And beyond that, Texas might set the stage for the rise of a new set of powerful independent programs that could mutually benefit the connectivity of college football teams.
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