Just what we need, a little summer intrigue involving a high-profile player to break up the monotony a little until camps start in a month.
Ryan Mallett has been scheduled, along with many other top college quarterbacks, to attend the Manning Passing Academy that starts on July 8. Even with a foot that was broken in February that forced him to both miss spring practice and undergo a second medical procedure earlier this month, Mallett was still, as of earlier this week, reportedly planning to attend the camp.
Thursday afternoon, Chris Low of ESPN.com‘s SEC blog reported that Mallett had pulled out of the camp because he’s still recovering from the broken bone in his foot. Low cited Archie Manning as the source for the information.
Head coach Bobby Petrino, however, disagrees with Peyton and Eli’s father.
While confirming Mallett would not attend, Petrino would not attribute the decision to anything physically amiss with his star quarterback. Instead, Petrino told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the camp “didn’t work with Ryan’s class schedule.”
Certainly Petrino wouldn’t blur the truth regarding Mallett, would he?
Still, Mallett is scheduled to be healthy in time for the start of summer camp. Of course, he was also scheduled to participate in the Manning camp, so you should excuse the Razorback faithful if they decide to hold their breath for a wee bit longer as their team’s hope for success in 2010 will rest squarely on the right arm — and surgically-repaired left foot — of the Heisman candidate.
UPDATED 2:21 p.m. ET: Petrino has clarified his statement, saying that, in addition to class conflicts, Mallett couldn’t miss a week of rehab on his foot.
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.