Comprehensive football programming slated; LHN hits first-year mark; Two Texas State games to air
Longhorn Network will enter its second year in a big way with exclusive telecasts of the Longhorns’ first two consecutive home football games in 2012. The team’s season opener against Wyoming will air live in HD from Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. CT. LHN will televise the Texas vs. New Mexico game the following Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., also live from DKR.
ESPN football analyst and former Buffalo Bills linebacker Ray Bentley and ESPN play-by-play announcer Mark Neely will call the action.
Also this fall, Longhorn Network will televise two Texas State University home football games. The Bobcats’ games against Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opponents Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Nov. 10, will be aired live from Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium. Times for both games are TBA. This is Texas State’s inaugural season as a member of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. They will compete in the WAC this year before moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. Former Alabama coach Dennis Franchione is in his second year as head coach of the Bobcats.
Football Programming for 2012:
LHN’s two-hour Texas GameDay – the only pre-game show to air exclusively from inside DKR stadium – returns for Fall 2012 to give fans insight, analysis and one-on-one interviews from LHN’s Lowell Galindo. Joining Texas GameDay and Texas GameDay Final this season are Ahmad Brooks, former defensive player for the Longhorns and team captain in 2001, and Chris Rix, former Florida State quarterback.
LHN Weekly Programming:
- Longhorn Extra (10 p.m.) – LHN’s nightly home for news, highlights and analysis of all University of Texas sports.
- Mack Brown Press Conference (Mondays, 11 a.m.) – Coach Brown’s weekly press conference will air on LHN beginning August 27.
- Rewind with Mack Brown (Mondays, 7 p.m.) – Coach Brown breaks down the previous weekend’s game, featuring analysis, highlights and interviews. Begins September 3.
- Texas Football Practice (Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 p.m.) – Beginning August 28, LHN shows how Texas prepares for the upcoming week’s football game.
- Longhorn Weekly with Mack Brown (Wednesdays, 7 p.m.) – Coach Brown’s weekly radio show will begin August 29.
- Texas All-Access (Wednesdays, 8 p.m.) – All-Access takes fans behind the scenes and inside the locker room with the 2012 Texas Longhorns. Airs August 29 and weekly in season.
- Longhorn Foundation Luncheon (Thursdays prior to home games, noon) – Speakers from the Texas football coaching staff appear each week before a loyal Longhorn crowd.
- Game Plan with Mack Brown (Thursdays, 7 p.m.) – Returning August 30, the program will feature Coach Brown’s keys to victory in his weekly breakdown of Texas’ upcoming matchup
- Texas Next (Thursdays, 8 p.m.) – LHN will air a football game featuring Texas’ upcoming opponent. First game will air August 30 prior to the season opener against Wyoming.
- Texas GameDay Halftime – Live halftime coverage during every Texas football road game.
Longhorn Network, Year One
The 24/7 University of Texas network launched August 26, 2011 and has provided unparalleled coverage of Texas sports, university events, and cultural happenings throughout the past year. A sizzle reel of highlights from year one can be viewed here.
- More than 45 guest commentators appeared on Longhorn Network in 2011-12 including Brent Musburger, Ahmad Brooks, Greg Swindell, Aaron Peirsol, Cat Osterman and Bruce Bowen.
- LHN televised more than 400 original hours of event telecasts, more than 200 live events, and more than 150 hours of original football content during the fall season. Sports events included 12 men’s basketball games, 14 women’s basketball games, 38 baseball games, 33 softball games and over 14 hours of Texas Relays coverage.
- More than 900 hours of academic, arts and cultural content were featured including a speaker series in conjunction with UT that hosted guests such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Michael Dell, John Paul DeJoria and Eva Longoria.
- Cactus Café performances by Dale Watson, Slaid Cleaves, The Trishas and David Ramirez were among the most popular of the 106 hours of music content aired on LHN.
- Created in collaboration with UT advertising students, LHN launched a national brand campaign with a new “Watch What You Love” theme. A total of four spots were developed, with students working on every aspect of the creative process.
- Six academic chairs for the university were funded from LHN rights fees.
A full list of LHN’s comprehensive coverage of the University of Texas is listed here.
Where to Watch
Longhorn Network is available on Verizon FiOS TV, Grande Communications, Consolidated Communications, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications, Bay City Cablevision, Mid-Coast Cablevision and Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision. Longhorn Network is now available online to Verizon FiOS subscribers at LonghornNetwork.com. It will be available on tablets and on smartphones to fans with an affiliated video subscription in the near future.
About Longhorn Network
ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to Texas athletics in partnership with UT and IMG College. Longhorn Network offers a variety of content, highlighted by more than 200 exclusive events annually from 20 sports, original series and studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural happenings. Additionally, this fall, the LonghornNetwork.com broadband companion to the TV network will offer extensive content, particularly live games not carried on the linear TV network due to scheduling conflicts.