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Jefferson, Johns surrender on felony warrants; both suspended indefinitely


After a week of speculation, rumor and innuendo, the situation down in Baton Rouge has officially gotten very, very serious.

LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns have surrendered to police on charges of second-degree battery, a felony in Louisiana, over an alleged bar fight earlier this week.

Clay Travis of OutkickTheCoverage spoke to the attorney for the two players, Nathan Fisher, who was with his clients as they turned themselves in at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.  Fisher said he’s hopeful the players would be released without bail; bail was later set at $5,000 apiece for each player.

LSU subsequently announced that both Jefferson and Johns had been suspended indefinitely as a result of the felony arrests.

“We will continue to cooperate with the authorities in an effort to find out exactly what took place during the incident,” head coach Les Miles said in the statement.

“As sad as this incident is, it’s important that we learn from this and that we take away a valuable lesson. This has weighed on all of us. It’s time for us to come together as a team and focus on what we are here to do.”

The police report from last Friday morning’s off-campus bar fight was released Thursday, with Jefferson identified as the individual who kicked one of the four alleged victims in the brawl in the face.  That same witness, a 19-year-old female, also said she saw Johns attack the same alleged victim.

Multiple witnesses have also stated that one of the alleged victims actually threw the first punch and started the melee.

Thursday, the Baton Rouge Police Department executed a search warrant on Jefferson’s apartment, seizing 49 pairs of athletic shoes as well as taking a DNA swab from the QB’s mouth.  The BRPD announced Friday they will hold a 3:30 p.m. ET press conference to discuss the investigation and arrests.

The fourth-ranked Tigers will face No. 3 Oregon eight days from today.

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.