AUSTIN, Texas — The Longhorn Network has announced several new distributors for the new service launching Friday.
Texas-based carriers Consolidated Communications, Bay City Cablevision, Mid-Coast Cablevision and Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision will all have the network starting Friday night. Verizon, En-Touch Systems and E-Tex Communications will have the channel starting Sept. 1.
|NCAA Statement on Longhorn Network|
The NCAA is monitoring content on the Longhorn Network and its news coverage of high school sports. With respect to NCAA bylaws as the Association has continued to review the issue, acceptable content is limited to scores, statistics, standings and news video used to report those details. We will continue to monitor the Longhorn Network to determine if the content is produced within those guidelines.
Texas and ESPN announced a $300-million, 20-year deal in January to create and launch the Longhorn Network, a 24-hour channel dedicated to Longhorns sports. The network will broadcast the Texas football season-opener Sept. 3 against Rice.
Tulsa WR Johnson suspended indefinitely
TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa has indefinitely suspended Damaris Johnson, a second-team All-American last season and the NCAA record holder in all-purpose yardage and kickoff return yards.
Coach Bill Blankenship announced the decision Friday, which comes after Johnson was questioned by police following his girlfriend’s arrest on an embezzlement complaint. The coach said Johnson is suspended from all team activities “pending a university review.”
Tulsa police spokesman Leland Ashley says Johnson was questioned Thursday after Chamon Jones was taken into custody.
Ashley says Jones, who works at a local Macy’s, is accused of selling more than $1,500 worth of merchandise to Johnson for just under $13 on one occasion. She also is accused of only charging him 34 cents for merchandise totaling $1,283.
Notre Dame starts aerial lift safety program
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame has started a campaign publicizing the hazards of aerial lifts as part of its settlement with the state of Indiana over safety violations in the death of a student videographer at football practice last year.
The school launched LiftUpRight.org on Friday. The website is aimed at promoting aerial lift safety for universities and high schools.
The university agreed in June to pay a $42,000 fine for safety violations and to start the awareness campaign following the death of 20-year-old Declan Sullivan of Long Grove, Ill., on a hydraulic scissor lift that toppled in high winds.
A video on the website includes a statement from Sullivan’s father urging people who work at schools that use aerial lifts to pay attention to safety.
UNC committee meets to start AD search
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The search committee looking for North Carolina’s next athletic director met for the first time knowing it faces a tricky timeline.
The 13-member committee will assist chancellor Holden Thorp in finding a replacement for Dick Baddour, who will step down sometime after the school’s appearance before an NCAA infractions committee in October. The new athletic director must be in place in time to hire a permanent football coach after the firing of Butch Davis last month amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct.
That coaching hire would have to come in time for the new staff to recruit before national signing day in February.
Committee chairman Lowry Caudill says there is no deadline and that UNC must conduct a thorough, national search for Baddour’s successor.
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