Headed home from the first two media days with some parting thoughts. The Longhorn Network was the hottest topic and there wasn’t close second. Mack Brown praised the efforts of UT brass for making it happen. When it came to the notion of televising HS games involving UT recruits, he doesn’t think its a big deal. Brown estimated Texas signs between 20-25 players out of nearly 400 that sign D1 scholarships each year. Brown figures most of his recruiting is already committed to Texas before their senior season begins. Baylor’s Art Briles and A&M’s Mike Sherman didn’t have much to say about the LHN, Briles said if coaches are worried about it then they are looking for things to worry about. He said recruiting against Texas is tough anyway. He did say if one school has network its not that big of a deal, but if four more schools get networks, then they have issues. Sherman said he doesn’t worry about, saying A&M has others doing that. Both A&M and Baylor declined to talk to the Longhorn Network. Missouri’s Gary Pinkell was a little more straight forward, saying the LHN televising HS games defies common sense in regards to fairness. Texas and the LHN will meet with the NCAA to figure exactly what is allowable. By the way, KBVO-TV is about to release our schedule for our 2nd year of live Thursday High School games as well as a full schedule of Friday Night games that will air tape delayed on Saturday nights.
As for the UT quarterback situation, Brown said the job is still up for grabs. Brown compared it to 2006 when Colt McCoy and Jevean Need were battling to replace Vince Young. Brown said when the began camp the players pretty much said McCoy earned the job with his work over the summer when coaches weren’t around. Now Brown and Co-OC’s Brian Harsin will begin to speak with players about summer workouts. Blake Gideon did say on Monday he feels Garrett Gilbert has an advantage because of his experience. Wonder if that’s a hint? With media day out of the way,its on to practice, thats begins a week from Friday.