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DALLAS — Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne raised concerns Tuesday that Texas’ new cable network with ESPN could conflict with NCAA recruiting rules.
High school games and coverage were mentioned as part of the programming at the introductory press conference last week with Texas and ESPN officials.
“I can’t speak for the NCAA, but I would imagine the governing body will look into the use of a collegiate television network airing games of prospective student-athletes,” Byrne said in a statement.
“I understand networks such as FSN and ESPN airing high school sports, but whether or not employees under contract with a university that may have additional contact would seem to be an issue.”
“As we have stated on many occasions, it is our desire to work with our member institutions in the Big 12 Conference to do what is best for our league, and, of course, do what is best for Texas A&M University,” Byrne said.
Byrne’s comments came during a question and answer session with members of the media Tuesday night.