Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 12:18 pm

Texas network a unique recruiting pitch

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Wednesday’s announcement of a University of Texas deal with ESPN came as no surprise to anyone. It was, after all, one of the reasons why Texas decided to spurn Larry Scott’s advances to join a Pac-16 superconference last summer. 

As my colleague Dennis Dodd wrote yesterday, “at its core this is about Texas controlling the market, the Big 12, the universe.” 

It may not control the universe but the deal is impressive nevertheless. Worth $300 million over 20 years, it includes one football game broadcasted per year and will be home to coaches shows and hours of additional original programming dedicated to football. At the bottom of ESPN’s press release, it notes that a website will be created that will be dedicated to Texas high school sports. 

So what does all of this mean? Texas’ recruiting advantage, in-state and nationally, will be unique. Who has their own network? We do. Want your own TV show, top recruit? Sure. Want to be an intern for ESPN? Done deal, son. (Of course I’m not implying this is Mack Brown’s recruiting pitch but it certainly could be behind closed doors.) 

Most of Texas’ games are televised anyway so the recruiting advantage isn’t as great as the Big Ten Network’s to those schools. It’s very persuasive if you’re Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald or Purdue head coach Danny Hope to sell an out of state recruit on the ability to be seen every Saturday by all of his family. The Longhorns already get their pick of the best recruits from Texas anyway so while the selling point of a network doesn’t have the impact the Big Ten Network’s does, it still is a factor going forward. 

Other schools, starting with Oklahoma, will likely try and emulate Texas’ model. While only a handful of schools, USC or some in the SEC for example, have the resources and fan bases to follow through, it will be tough to match the money doled out to the Longhorns. 

 In the end, everything’s bigger in Texas. Including, it seems, television networks and media dollars.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 20, 2011 9:14 am

1/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Planned some really great things yesterday for our Signing Day coverage here on the blog and on CBSSports.com. Less than two weeks to go and here's some links to tide you over until then.

- Highly rated offensive tackle Christian Westerman could be primed to switch his commitment from Texas to Auburn after scheduling a surprise announcement for Friday. Combined with the fact that stud offensive tackle (and third-ranked player overall according to Tom Lemming) Cyrus Kouandjio is taking his final offical visit on the Plains, Auburn could be primed for a couple of big pickups. Check out this profile of Kouandjio as well.

- While Texas could lose a recruit, rival Oklahoma has already lost one. Euless (TX) athlete Brandon Carter switched his pledge from the Sooners to TCU.

- Valdosta (GA) teammates Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell are set to make their announcements today, albeit in two very different ways.

- Stephon Tuitt has changed his mind - again - and is now recommitted to Notre Dame after a day of being committed to Georgia Tech. Don't you just love recruiting?

- West Virginia picked up a commitment from offensive lineman Russell Haughton-James. He is the 22nd committment in the final class of the Bill Stewart-era.
Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:43 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 8:50 am

1/19 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The blog will be a little light today but here's plenty of links to keep you occupied. By the way, exactly two weeks until Signing Day so get excited!

- Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples takes a look at the unique names in the class of 2011, including quarterback Thor Long, defensive end God's Power Offor and defensive end Wonderful Terrific Monds.

- Some football and basketball recruiting links from around the ACC.

- TCU picked up a pair of commitments last night, flipping Brandon Carter from Oklahoma and Carter Wall from SMU.

- An update on several recruits from Georgia, including highly ranked running back Isaiah Crowell's mother saying she's, "not selling [her] son's soul to the devil," because Georgia offered a scholarship to a teammate.

- Colorado has picked up another commitment close to Signing Day in linebacker Woodson Greer. Expect Colorado to continue to raid California for players with their move to the Pac-12.

- A look at Washington commitments and targets in the wake of some updated recruiting rankings.

- USC is still a recruiting machine despite sanctions and the loss of Pete Carroll to the NFL. A focus on local talent is a big reason why Lane Kiffin and company are near the top of most recruiting rankings.

- Highly regarded cornerback Marcus Roberson committed to Texas Tech last night. But he's still open to other schools. 
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:55 am

1/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It’s not every day that you see a sub-.500 team in the playoffs coached by a successful college coach going against a team quarterbacked by a guy from Vanderbilt. In fact, I don’t think anybody’s seen it. Or could have predicted it. Either way, on to the links. 

- Boise State has been on a little roll lately, recently picking up the commitment of Pasco (FL) safety Jamie Byrd. One of the better players in the north Tampa area, grabbing Byrd is not only an indication of the Broncos grabbing better talent with their recent success but also a sign of their expanded recruiting reach. 

- Former Tennessee wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson is looking to return to Division I football and offers from Syracuse and Kansas have peaked his interest. The talented but troubled wide receiver also played cornerback last season in junior college. 

- Oklahoma commit Brandon Carter has taken an official visit to TCU. Recruits Kendal Thompson, Brandon Williams and Marquis Anderson have also planned to enroll early at Oklahoma. 

- Highly recruited offensive lineman Errin Joe has committed to Georgia Tech. He is the 19th commitment for the class of 2011 and apparently really likes run blocking.
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