Absurdity continues: Cutcliffe in. Maybe. Possibly…

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Over the course of the last few hours, David Cutcliffe has likely been in as Tennessee’s head coachout as Troy Calhoun was inback in after Calhoun was outon the verge of a dealnot on the verge of a deal… yet.

In other words, media-wise, the search for the Volunteers’ new coach has slowly devolved into a fustercluck.  Need further proof?  Read on.

Just over an hour ago, we noted a report from the Knoxville News Sentinel — which has now been completely replaced by a new article in the same link.  Nice. — that debunked a report from a North Carolina TV station which stated Cutcliffe was on his way back to Knoxville as the Vols’ new coach.  Now, sixty minutes later, the same debunkers — yeah, I know it’s not a word, but I really don’t care at this point in time — are reporting Cutcliffe will be the next head coach.

Barring a last-second snag in the negotiations, of course.

One of the issues that could crop up and scuttle the negotiations is the coaching staff, both at Duke and Tennessee.  Cutcliffe would like to bring the majority of his Blue Devils staff along with him, while the Vols still have six assistants under contract.

If that issue can be worked out, it seems likely Cutcliffe will move from Duke back to Tennessee and become Lane Kiffin‘s replacement.

Unless the wind happens to shift directions and blows in another conflicting report, of course.

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.