Gunner Kiel

LSU lands commitment from top-ranked ’12 QB Kiel


Two months after pulling his commitment from Indiana and reopening his recruitment, Gunner Kiel has decided on a school a little bit further south than his original choice.

Kiel, the top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2012 according to, announced Tuesday evening that he’s flipping his non-binding verbal commitment to LSU, becoming the 22nd commit in the Tigers’ 2012 class.  Back in July, Kiel’s decision reportedly came down to the home-state Hoosiers and Alabama; this time around, Kiel chose the Tigers over Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.

“I woke up Friday morning and knew I wanted to be a Tiger,” Kiel told “I can’t wait to be a Tiger.”

Kiel will graduate from Columbus (Ind.) East High School early and enroll in college in January, meaning he will be available to participate in spring practice.

With the expiring eligibility of both Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee, Kiel will compete for the starting QB job with, among others, Zach Mettenberger beginning in the spring.  Mettenberger, a transfer from Georgia, will likely head into those sessions as the early favorite.

In addition to being Rivals‘ top-rated pro-style QB, the recruiting service also rates the 6-4, 220-pound Kiel as the No. 19 prospect at any position in the country.  As a senior this past season, Kiel threw for over 2,500 yards, ran for nearly 500 more and combined for 39 touchdowns — 28 passing, 11 rushing.

He had also received scholarship offers from, among others, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, USC and Wisconsin

Dusty Kiel, one of the high schooler’s two older brothers, is a quarterback at Indiana.

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.