NCAA officials ruled today that airing high school games on school or conference networks is not in accordance with existing NCAA bylaws. That means no high school games on the Longhorn Network _ now or in the future _ unless the NCAA changes existing policies.
But the NCAA will go ahead and hold its scheduled Aug. 22 meeting in Indianapolis, which Texas officials plan to attend, to discuss the matter.
Here is the wording from today’s NCAA release:
“The presidents … directed the staff to apply NCAA recruiting rules concerning publicity of prospective student-athletes to institutional and conference networks and broadcasts, which will provide time to evaluate the proper application of NCAA rules. The NCAA is holding a meeting on Aug. 22 with representatives from broadcast networks and several conferences to discuss the issue.”
Today’s ruling strengthens the one-year moratorium placed on broadcasting high school games last week by Big 12 administrators. It also elicited praise from Texas A&M university president R. Bowen Loftin, who issued the following statement: "Last week, I joined with my fellow members of the Big 12 Board of Directors in strongly requesting that the NCAA Board of Directors issue a moratorium regarding the broadcast of high school content on institutional media platforms. We are pleased that the NCAA addressed this issue quickly. This is a decision that we believe is in the best interests of prospective student-athletes, as well as the entire NCAA membership.”
_ Jimmy Burch