Al Groh to join Georgia Tech on Wednesday?

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Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson will hold his season-ending press conference Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. ET.  

Brian Biggane, of the Palm Beach Post, is monitoring any developments involving fired University of Virginia head coach Al Groh, who is a candidate to land on the Miami Dolphins’ coaching staff because of his ties to Dolphins V.P. of Football Operations Bill Parcells.  The ‘Fins fired defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni on Tuesday.

Georgia Tech also lost its defensive coordinator when Dave Wommack was fired last week.

Groh, of course, is also a strong candidate to coordinate the Yellow Jackets’ defense.  The sides are reported to have “mutual interest.”  According to Biggane, “media speculation in Atlanta has it that Johnson would like nothing better than to take (Wednesday’s) opportunity to introduce Al Groh as his new defensive coordinator.”

Guaranteed $4.33 million over the next two years from Virginia, money probably won’t be the overriding factor in Groh’s decision.  Thus, it may come down to whether he wants to return to the NFL with longtime pal Parcells, or stay in the college ranks, where the hours are less grueling.

Stay tuned.

Red River Rivalry blacked out for some DISH subscribers in Texas

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Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.

Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.

“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”

Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.

This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.

Maryland going back to Perry Hills at QB vs. Buckeyes

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Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.

Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.

Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.