With Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four other Buckeyes serving a five-game suspension for the first part of the 2011 season, there were many who initially wondered if the anointed “Buckeye Five” would jump ship early and declare for the NFL supplemental draft last month. The rumors, at least as far as Pryor was concerned, were shot down hours later as Pryor took to Twitter, issuing the following statement:
“I’ll be suited up at Lincoln Nebraska!! And first player at QB to meet with the Wolverines for the fourth time!!
But, that was then, and Jim Tressel‘s resignation from Ohio State is now.
So, somewhat appropriately, the whispers that Pryor and other draft-eligible Buckeyes would leave Columbus for greener ($$) pastures have risen back to the top of rumor mill.
At least five sources close to the college and pro game have told CBS’ Len Pasquarelli that the five Buckeye players suspended for the first five games of the season are expected to at least reconsider their supplemental draft stock. One source close to an OSU player said the departure of Tressel “put some things up in the air.”
“[The resignation of Tressel] changes the dynamic a bit. Some of them might reconsider,” noted another college source.
The supplemental draft is still far from a done deal for this summer due to the continuing NFL lockout. And while it wouldn’t surprise us if one — or all — of the players decided to leave with Ohio State’s most recent coaching development, we also have to consider the fact that they’ve turned down a chance at the draft before.
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.