Congratulations, Pac-12. Your Thursday night prime time game already featured two teams with a combined record of 4-8. One team, Arizona, had already fired their coach; the other, UCLA, looks to be on the verge of following suit with their own.
But the Bruins have not played inspired football so far (or during the season) with their coach’s job likely on the line. Arizona leads the Bruins 42-7 at the half, have scored on every offensive possession and amassed over 400 yards of offense.
But the horrid football displayed by UCLA was only topped by a bizarre end to the second quarter that featured a streaking fan (sort of) and a bench-clearing brawl. Details of the streaker — really for a lack of a better word — are fuzzy, but it appears a fan ran on to the field dressed as a referee, distracting the actual game officials for a few seconds.
During that time, players from the two sides began pushing one another, completely independent of the former incident, and a fight broke out between the two sides before anyone had a chance to take any preventative measures. Two players — Taylor Embree of UCLA and Shaquille Richardson of Arizona — were ejected.
It was an ugly scene, and that’s not even including the streaker.
Not as ugly as what will undoubtedly be the atmosphere in the UCLA locker room. The Bruins have completely quit on Rick Neuheisel.
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.