First Longhorn Network shows unveiled

The Longhorn Network, Texas' 24-hour channel, doesn't launch until August 26. However, its partner, ESPN, announced a handful of shows that fans can see this fall.

From the release:

  • Longhorn Extra (10 p.m. CT) -- A nightly news and information show dedicated to the University of Texas. Every Monday through Friday, viewers will get highlights, updates, analysis, interviews, and behind the scenes looks at all 20 varsity sports teams.

  • Rewind with Mack Brown (Mondays, 7 p.m.) -- Exclusively on Longhorn Network, airing Mondays after every game, Coach Mack Brown will breakdown that week’s matchup, highlighting key plays and turning points, with a no-holds-barred attitude that Longhorn fans have come to expect from him.

  • Texas All Access (Wednesdays, 8 p.m.) -- Each week, viewers will get a never-before-seen inside look at a Texas team or group. During Wednesdays in the fall, the show will focus exclusively on the football team with camera crews embedded with the coaches and players to provide access to the inner workings of Longhorn football.

  • Game Plan with Mack Brown (Thursdays, 7 p.m.) -- Exclusively on Longhorn Network, every Thursday during the season, Coach Mack Brown will preview the upcoming matchup with an inside look at game preparation and a breakdown of the keys to victory.

  • Texas GameDay (two hours prior to kick every Saturday) -- In the mold of ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning College GameDay, Texas GameDay will be live from inside the stadium prior to kickoff for all home football games, and live from its Austin studio for all away games. Through a unique blend of talent, insights, analysis, and fan interaction, the show will build excitement around the game, providing viewers and fans with a full game-day experience.

Some version of all five of these shows had been rumored since the network was just a rumor, but now, it looks like they'll all be a reality.

And, if I do say so myself, all look pretty interesting.

"Whenever you're involved in a first of its kind project like Longhorn Network, you know it's going to have a dramatic impact on your sport," Brown said. "We're going to be able to give fans of Texas and college football an inside look at our program like nobody's seen before. It will give them a chance to see what it's like to be a Longhorn and get to know all the coaches, players and everyone involved in it on a much more personal basis. It's a very exciting opportunity for us, and one we're thrilled to be partnered with ESPN on. We're eagerly awaiting the start of the season and the launch of the network in August."