(Ed Note: Allen Kenney, Managing Editor of Crystal Ball Run and Blatant Homerism, has closely been following the Longhorn Network since its inception and other issues in the college football media. When explosive reports of Texas Tech looking to cancel a game with Texas State instead of playing it on LHN emerged, we asked AK to break it down. This article first appeared on Crystal Ball Run.)
Texas Tech detests the Longhorn Network so much that the Red Raiders would rather not play at all than play a game on it.
At least, that's one way to read Thursday night's report from Chris Level of RedRaiderSports.com that Tech is mulling the cancellation of its Sept. 8 game at Texas St., which may be broadcast on the LHN. Aside from playing just an 11-game season, that would also entail paying what Level termed a "significant buyout" to the Bobcats for pulling out.
(The backstory behind how it's even possible for the game to be aired on the LHN is convoluted and boring. Just know that it's well within the contractual rights of both ESPN and the WAC, which owns the broadcast rights to the game.)
It's not the first time Tech has tussled with the LHN. A year ago, the Red Raiders raised a ruckus when they went public with claims that ESPN was trying to strongarm Tech into playing its game against Texas last fall on BevoTV. It was part of a pastiche of precipitating events that ultimately led to Texas A&M and Missouri leaving the Big 12 and Oklahoma making a play for Pac-12 membership.