LHN releases list of carriers; TWC, DirecTV nowhere in sight

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Well, it’s here.

The much-anticipated — and much-despised by some — Longhorn Network makes its television debut today. One of the main questions for the network, besides whether or not high school games and/or highlights would be played, was a matter of exactly who would carry the 24/7 channel.

Yesterday, we noted that the LHN had reached a deal with Dallas/Ft. Forth provider Verizon FiOS, which at least allowed the LHN to keep pace with that media market.

However, in a press release sent out by the LHN, it’s become evident that Verizon is far and away the biggest media catch.

And that’s not a good thing.

Consolidated Communications, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications, Bay City Cablevision, Mid-Coast Cablevision and Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision* are the carriers who have signed on with the LHN.  Consolidated Communications, Bay City Cablevision, Mid-Coast Cablevision and Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision will launch the network this evening; Verizon, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications will launch the network next Thursday.

(*writer’s note: to answer your question, no, we don’t know who any of those carriers are, nor are we ready to dismiss the possibility that they are operated in/around somebody’s basement)

Noticeably absent from that list of carriers, though, is Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Dish Network and DirecTV. Any one of those can sign on at a later point — for all we know, they’re playing the role of early/late majority more than innovators/early adopters — but it has to be disappointing for the LHN not to have landed Time Warner or a major satellite provider.

Especially given the heavy push marketing campaign they’ve enacted.

The network is likely going to be operating in the red anyway for the first couple of years, so we’ll withhold judgement on the success of the LHN during that time. In fact, there’s still a very, very good chance that the LHN will be a huge hit.

But right now the LHN is struggling to get off to a fast start, and there’s really not benchmark in place for how a network of this magnitude will do right away.

Reports: Miami hiring Lance Guidry from Tulane as DC

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Miami is hiring Lance Guidry, who was defensive coordinator at Marshall last season and recently accepted the same position at Tulane, to lead its defense, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized between Guidry and Miami.

The 51-year-old Louisiana native was hired way from Marshall by Tulane just last month. Now he’ll replace Kevin Steele on Mario Cristobal‘s staff at Miami. Steele is reportedly on his way to Alabama to become Nick Saban‘s defensive coordinator after holding that position for one season with the Hurricanes.

Alabama has yet to make the hiring of Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees official. Rees had been assistant at Notre Dame.

Tulane announced the hiring of Guidry on Jan. 23 to replace Chris Hampton, who left the New Orleans-based school to join Oregon’s staff as an assistant coach.

Guidry’s defenses at Marshall ranked third in the nation in yards per play this season (4.56) and 26th nationally in 2021 (5.14 ypp).

Iowa-Northwestern set for Wrigley Field in November

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CHICAGO — Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northwestern next season.

Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats’ home game will be played Nov. 4.

Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010 in the MLB ballpark’s first college football game since 1938, and the Wildcats hosted Purdue there in 2021.

Wrigley Field has a long history of hosting football games. The Chicago Bears played there from 1921 to 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. The old Chicago Cardinals also played at Wrigley, as well as DePaul until its program folded in 1939.

Northwestern had been scheduled to play Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020, but the game was moved to Ryan Field in Evanston because of the COVID-19 pandemic.