On the field in 2009, Southern Cal took care of Ohio State in a much-hyped early-season showdown.
On the recruiting trail in 2010, the same end result could be in the offing for the services of a much-hyped high schooler.
After weeks of being considered the front-runner for one of the top recruits in the country — we were told by two separate sources over the weekend that he was headed for Columbus — reports are beginning to emerge that Seantrel Henderson will likely wind up with the Trojans.
A source close to the situation tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that it’s expected Henderson will announce Wednesday that he’s signing with USC.
Henderson, who is the No. 1 or No. 2 player in the entire country according to most of the major recruiting services, is also reportedly considering Notre Dame, Minnesota, Florida and Miami (Fla.).
Even with this latest report — and our report, for that matter — no one outside of Henderson’s inner circle really knows what way the offensive lineman may or may not be leaning. And no one will likely know for certain until Henderson’s televised announcement tomorrow afternoon.
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.
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.