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  • Fanfare, fans ring in Longhorn Network debut

    Published: Aug. 24, 2011
    ESPN's Lee Corso wears the Bevo mascot head alongside his fellow College GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit. The Emmy award-winning sports show will do a live broadcast of a special episode on the university's campus for the debut of the Longhorn Network.

    The 24-hour Longhorn Network will debut at 6 p.m. Friday with a special on-campus filming of ESPN College GameDay open to all students and Longhorn fans.

    The new network is dedicated to telling the stories of The University of Texas at Austin through sports, academic and cultural programming.

    “The starting gun is finally going to go off, which we’ve been waiting for, for a long time,” said Stephanie Druley, vice president of production for the Longhorn Network.

    The university, ESPN and UT Athletics’ multimedia rights partner, IMG College, first announced the agreement to develop the network last January and anticipation on campus and across the country has been building.

    The Longhorn Network is the first network of its kind, bringing unprecedented exposure to the university community. It will cover 20 sports, offer original sports programming and give fans a taste of the university’s academic, arts and cultural offerings.

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    A live broadcast of College GameDay kicks off the Longhorn Network on Friday. Join hosts Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews, at the South Mall in front of the Tower. The show starts at 6 p.m., but fans are encouraged to arrive early at 5 p.m.

    Also at the event will be the new on-air team for the Longhorn Network: Kevin Dunn, Lowell Galindo and Samantha Steele as well as Mack Brown, the Longhorn Band and Bevo. Coverage of that night’s volleyball game against Pepperdine University begins on the new network at 8 p.m.

    Service provider update:

    Verizon FiOS TV to Add Longhorn Network

    Verizon is the largest video service provider to add the university’s Longhorn Network to its channel lineup — in time for the Longhorns’ Sept. 3 football season opener with Rice University. Read more about the Verizon FiOS TV plan.

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    On the home page: ESPN’s Lee Corso wears the Bevo mascot head alongside his fellow College GameDay host Chris Fowler.

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      paul said on Dec. 1, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
      So let me understand, this Longhorn Network will be mostly about sports?
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      Rakin said on Nov. 24, 2011 at 1:16 p.m.
      yap there is a Longhorn Network so I think ... !!
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      Lady Biker Gifts said on Sept. 26, 2011 at 5:01 a.m.
      Like most things that involve liceseing and contracts its all about the money.Things will turn around and work out at some point.
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      Ryan said on Sept. 12, 2011 at 11:48 p.m.
      Please take any steps you can to try to get Comcast to pick up the Longhorn Network. I'd love the opportunity to stay up to date with UT athletics. I would gladly trade in the Big-10 network if I could swap it for Longhorn:)
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      Samantha Stiles said on Sept. 7, 2011 at 4:20 p.m.
      We appreciate your loyalty and love for The University of Texas at Austin and UT Athletics. We have faith in ESPN’s ability to negotiate clearances for the Longhorn Network with national carriers, but it will take time the same that ESPNU, and other new channels recently (i.e. Big Ten Network, and FSN PLUS channels) took time to clear by their ownership groups. We will post updates about the network to university communication channels as we hear of them. — University Communications, The University of Texas at Austin
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      steve downey said on Aug. 27, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.
      Will Time Warner carry the Longhorn network.
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      Darryl Borque said on Aug. 26, 2011 at 8:21 p.m.
      Sad that Directv has not decided to carry this network. As a huge UT fan, I wish my local cable providers would too but no luck there either. As much as I call cable and satellite, your voice really does not matter.
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      J M Stoltz said on Aug. 26, 2011 at 6:19 p.m.
      Can you all Please compromise with Dish network on the LHN?
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      Big Pappa P said on Aug. 26, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.
      So there is a Longhorn Network and it is up and running but we can't watch it. Does that mean it actually exists?
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      Thomas Palaima said on Aug. 25, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.
      How to reform the money-focused entertainment NCAA sports entertainment industry that is doing such harm to higher education in the United States? The Drake Group issued a document “Collegiate Athletics Reform: Signs of Hope." Its prologue concludes with these comments: "What the higher education establishment seems to do best is resist change. ... However, the most difficult impediments to reform are deemed to be the American public’s cultural propensity to value college sports entertainment no matter what the cost and the extraordinary amount of money lubricating the business at multiple levels. Why wake up and face reality?" Let the bread be distributed and the circuses distract the leaders and members of the greater UT Austin community away from all the problems our society at the local, state and national levels are experiencing.
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