Gary Crowton

Gary Crowton interviews with Utah

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Less than a month after curiously deciding (or, perhaps it was decided for him) not to return to Maryland as the Terps’ offensive coordinator, opting for a non-coaching administrative role instead, Gary Crowton is back on the coaching radar.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports via a conversation with Crowton that the former coach has interviewed with Kyle Whittingham for Utah’s open OC spot now that Norm Chow has departed to be the head coach at Hawaii.

“I’ve been really impressed with Kyle and what he is doing with the program there,” Crowton said. “He is a great coach and the way they came back to win that bowl game was impressive and a lot of fun to watch.

“It would be an exciting chance for me and I feel like I’d have a lot to offer.”

Crowton had signed a three-year contract with Maryland, but he last just one year — a 2-10 nightmare — and was ultimately replaced by former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley. Just days before the announcement was made he would not return as the Terps’ OC, Crowton said he was interested in the open Colorado State job.

Prior to joining the staff at Maryland, Crowton served as LSU’s offensive coordinator from 2007-2010. He also spent two years as Oregon’s offensive coordinator and was the head coach at Utah’s rival, BYU, from 2001-04.

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.