Remember when the SEC offered the Texas Longhorns the chance to join the conference, the Longhorns said no, and then Texas fans trotted out all sorts of reasons why it made no sense for the Longhorns to join the SEC?
All of those reasons have slowly withered over the past year and change. The real reason why Texas didn't join the SEC was simple -- the Longhorns were scared of SEC competition. After all, if you can't even beat Oklahoma very often, how in the world are you going to beat eight or ten Oklahomas?
Yep, the Longhorns are bullies who turn yella when real competition shows up; they're softer than a ten gallon hat filled with water.
If DeLoss Dodds had been in charge of Sam Houston's army in 1836, the slogan at the Battle of San Jacinto wouldn't have been "Remember the Alamo!", it would have been, "Viva Mexico!"
Texas fans were furious at me for calling them out last year. They ranted and raved to all sorts of illogical degrees.
Fifteen of them -- and I'm not making this up -- challenged me to fist fights.
A lot more are going to want to fight me now, because with the addition of West Virginia to the Big 12 what I said a year ago is even more true -- Texas is scared of the SEC.
Let's trot through those Longhorn arguments again.
1. The Longhorn Network is going to make us so much money we don't need anyone else.
There are presently 14 subscribers to the Longhorn Network.
Hold on, I just got a new press release from ESPN...
2. We couldn't have the Longhorn Network in the SEC.
A version of the Longhorn Network is permitted in the SEC. Schools retain the local rights to one football game -- and many other athletic events -- to sell locally. Indeed, Florida makes $10 million a year from the Sunshine Network for its local games just in that state. Negotiated several years ago, that's just $5 million less than Texas gets for its "network."
The only difference between the Sunshine Network and the Longhorn Network?
People actually watch the Sunshine Network.
Especially since ESPN is Texas's television partner, the Longhorn Network would have been feasible in the SEC.