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Conference Realignment: "The Longhorn", Where Texas A&M Breaks Texas's Heart

We have obtained an exclusive look at the behind-the-scenes dealings regarding what happened regarding Texas and their consolidation of power regarding the Longhorn Network. Here are some snippets from the original script. It's unknown if the movie ever will be signed off for production.

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Texas and the Pac-12 meet in a quiet Rose Bowl locker room on Saturday. The Longhorns have just smashed the Bruins to atoms.

Pac-12:  I hope you don't mind me being frank with you, Texas. You've done very well for yourself here in the Big 12. Have your own network. Have your own partners. But if you want to be with us, you have to let some of that go, Mr. Longhorn.

Texas: Now, the revenue I would get from your network would be millions less than I could potentially, is that correct? Now, why would I want to fold my network?

Pac-12: Because I intend to squeeze you. I don't like you. I know what you did the last time we did things. I'll do business with you, but you'd better be prepared to fall in line.

Texas: Would you like my offer now, Pac-12?

Pac-12 drops the frown, and gives a friendly if guarded smile.

Texas: My offer is this. Nothing. But I'd hope you'd kindly pay for our network. And make sure everyone else in your conference is willing to take us on on our terms.

Silence fills the room. After a few seconds of tension, it's quickly broken.

Pac-12: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Goodbye, Mr. Longhorn.

* * *

Texas and Oklahoma are dancing together in the moonlight, along with multiple other Big 12 members.

Texas: Okie? I'm sorry about all the meetings the past couple of days. Just couldn't be helped.

Oklahoma: Reminds me of what you once told me. In five years the Big 12 would be totally legitimate. That was past a decade ago Tex.

Texas: I know. I'm trying, I'm trying.

* * *

Texas meets far away from the lands of the Big 12 with a secret partner. The secret partner does most of the talking.

Secret partner: OH BOY! Think about it Texas huh huh. What you have now is what you've always wanted ... partnership with a billion dollar happy and magical TV network, huh huh!

One small step for a school who wants to be the next big school in all of college football, huh huh! Can't ask for anything more!

Texas: What's important is that nothing interferes with our business with each other.

Secret partner: Texas, you'll soon be bigger than Notre Dame, huh huh!

* * *

Texas A&M is showing other members of the Big 12 a good time. To everyone's dismay, they're spending most of the night learning military marches. Texas is off to the side doing whatever it is Texas does for fun.

One Big 12 member: A&M, where'd you learn these stupid positions anyway?

A&M: Mike Slive told me about them. Would never have believed it but seeing is believing huh? The SEC is full of guys who like this stuff but Slive takes the cake.

Texas looks over, somewhat stunned and dazed. He bows his head in realization and horror.

* * *

A few days later.

Texas Tech: There's something else.

Texas: What.

Texas Tech can barely look at him.

Texas: What, come on what?

Texas Tech: The Pac-12 rejected us and Oklahoma.

Texas [silent for a few minutes]: Was it about the network?

Texas Tech: Tex, after three months...


Texas Tech: I really don't know.

* * *

Texas and Texas A&M meet under guarded circumstances. Both can barely look at each other.

Texas A&M: I haven't got a lot to say Tex.

Texas [coldly]: We have time.

Texas A&M: I was pretty much kept in the dark. I didn't know all that much ... I didn't know they were gonna expand Tex. Mike Slive caught up with me in Corpus Christi...said he wanted to talk...he said you and the network were in on a big deal together ... and that there was something in it for me if I could help him out. He said that ... he said if I joined up with him, and closed the deal fast ... it'd be good for me.

Texas: You believe that story? You believed that?

Texas A&M: It's something for me Tex, on my own!

Texas: I've always taken care of you A&M.

Texas A&M [indignant]: TAKEN CARE OF ME! You're my kid brother, you take care of me!   You ever think about that, huh? You ever ONCE think about that??

Send A&M to do this, send A&M to do that. Let A&M get stomped over for some Mickey Mouse TV contract! Let A&M do all the dirty work so Texas can bathe in gold!

I'm your older brother Tex and I was stepped over!

Texas: It's the way the Big 12 wanted it.


Texas: A&'re nothing to me now. You're not a brother, you're not a friend. I don't want to know you or what you do. I don't want to see you in Austin. I won't see you in College Station. When you see our governor, I wanna know a day in advance so I won't be there. You understand?

Texas starts trotting out of College Station. A&M is left alone.

Texas A&M: Tex...

* * *

Oklahoma and Texas meet outside Norman after the Pac-12 announcement. Texas is ready to leave on a plane back to Kansas City, and expects Oklahoma to join them.

Oklahoma: Texas, me and State are going.

Texas: What do you mean you're going? We're all gonna leave tomorrow.

Oklahoma: Texas, I'm not going back to the Big 12 with you. I've come to say goodbye. But I'm happy for you. I always knew you would never let yourself be beaten.

Texas: There are some things I want to talk to you about Okie. Some things that have been on my mind...changes I wanna make.

Oklahoma: I think it's too late for changes.

Texas: What do you mean too late?

Oklahoma State stands out in the hallway, staring downcast at the floor as the argument inside the room escalates.

Texas: I need you, we need each other, you're not going end of story.

Oklahoma: All State and I do is hang around with your Disney execs!

Texas: I don't wanna hear about it.

Oklahoma: State's best friend IS CRAIG JAMES!


Texas pounds its hooves into the ground and starts glaring.

Oklahoma: At this point I feel nothing for you at all. I never thought that would ever happen... but it has.

Texas: Oak...we're going to come back tomorrow. Oak, why don't you take State, back to his room.

Oklahoma: Texas you haven't heard me.

Texas: Okie, what do you want from me? Do you expect me to let you go, do you expect me to let you take my conference from me? Don't you know me? Don't you know that that's an impossibility, that that could never happen? That I'd use all my power to keep something like this from happening? Don't you know that?

Now in'll feel differently. You'll be glad I stopped you. I know that.

I know you blame me for losing the Pac-12.

Oklahoma's eyes narrow.

Yes...I know how much that meant to you. I'll make it up to you Okie. I swear I'll make it up to you ... I'm ... I'm gonna change. I'll change. I've learned that I have the strength to change.

Oklahoma's face has gone cold, a mixture of disbelief and rage crossing it.

We can have another conference, and we can go on. You and I. We'll go on.

Oklahoma: Oh, Texas. Texas you are blind. I didn't to this all just to join the Pac-12. I did this to kill your network.

Texas's eyes widen, too shocked to speak.

Oklahoma [emotional]: Your network is an abortion, Texas. Just like this conference is an abortion. Something's that unholy, and evil! I don't want to be in another conference with you Texas. I wouldn't help bring another conference with you into this world!

It was an abortion Texas, and I had to have this network killed because THIS MUST ALL END.

Texas's eyes bulge with rage.

Oklahoma: I know now this is over. I knew it then. There would be no way Texas. No way that you could ever forgive me. Not with this Texas thing that's been going on for 2000 years!

Texas: 45-35.

Oklahoma looks a little surprised, then realizes Texas is stuck in a Okie rage loop.

Texas: 45-35! 45-35!!! 45-35!!!!!

Oklahoma slips out the door.


Texas Tech monitors the Big 12 with a cold and withdrawn Texas.

Texas Tech [reading the paper]: A&M is going to the SEC.

Texas: Good, it's time to cut them off.

Texas Tech: Texas, that's impossible. The state will never agree to that rivalry ending.

Texas: Tech, you surprise me. If anything in this life is certain; if history has taught us anything, it's that I can make anything happen.

Texas Tech: Just consider this Tex. Just consider it. A&M is no longer part of the conference. Now you're gonna wipe them out.

Texas: I don't feel like I have to wipe anyone out Tech. Just my enemies. That's all. You don't have to come along with me if you don't want to. You can always take you, your city, and move it to Conference USA.

Texas Tech shuffles exasperatedly. Texas sits on the ground and grazes.


Reminiscing on a ranch somewhere, soon to be separated by conference, A&M & Tech smoke cigars.

Texas A&M: Tech, what do I now?

Texas Tech: I don't know. It's a tough life ahead.

Texas A&M: It's been good.

Texas Tech: Remember the Southwest Conference A&M? Remember how it was back then?

Texas A&M: Yeah. I still remember that 1939 season like it was yesterday.

Texas Tech: Remember that you came up with the idea to pay players, brand the Texan culture together with regents and boosters. And it worked.

Texas A&M: Yeah... those were the great old days. We all together were like the Five Families in the Godfather, you know? The Southwest Conference was once like all the Corleones.

Texas Tech [smiled wistfully]: It was once.


A final shot has Texas sitting alone on its mansion, staring off into the distance. Texas's TV stays blank, because their service provider doesn't get the Longhorn Network.