Back in November, the self-described Orville Redenbacher-looking president of Ohio State created quite the firestorm with his belittling comments of schools such as Boise State and TCU.
Specifically, E. Gordon Gee said that those two schools do not deserve to play for a national title because, unlike the Big Ten and SEC, they play a “Little Sisters of the Poor” schedule.
Fast-forward a month and a half, and Gee watched as his school’s conference was embarrassed on New Year’s Day to the tune of a 0-5 whitewashing. Included in that total was Wisconsin losing to TCU in the Rose Bowl.
When reached by Pete Thamel of the New York Times Saturdaynight on his cellphone, a contrite Gee congratulated the Horned Frogs on beating one of the best the Big Ten has to offer. Additionally, Gee offered a little insight into the cuisine consumed by someone who doesn’t “know enough about the Xs and Os of college football.”
“I’m going to New Orleans tomorrow, and Antoine’s is a great restaurant there,” Gee said. “I think they serve crow, and I’ll be eating my portion of that. T.C.U. played a great game, and they deserved to be recognized for that. Obviously T.C.U. is a great ball team.”
Kudos to Gee for publicly crediting TCU for the historic win, but it’s the private attitude Gee let slip in November that’s the major hurdle in ridding college football of the BcS and replacing it with a playoff system.
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.