Beginning with his true freshman season in 2010, Pete Thomas had started 21 straight games at Colorado State before a knee injury ended his 2011 season in the ninth game of the year.
As it turns out, his CSU career has officially ended just as abruptly.
The Rams announced in a release that Thomas has withdrawn from the university and been granted a release from his scholarship. Thomas’ decision to transfer comes five weeks or so after Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was named the Rams’ new head coach.
“We appreciate all that Pete gave to Colorado State University during his two years with us, and we wish him the best,” said a statement attributed to athletic director Jack Graham.
The word on the street is that Thomas could be headed to Vanderbilt and play for James Franklin after sitting out the 2012 season.
During his two years with the Rams, Thomas threw for nearly 4,300 yards and 18 touchdowns, although interceptions were an issue — he threw 21 in just 414 attempts. A four-star member of CSU’s 2010 recruiting class, Thomas was rated as the No. 16 pro-style QB in the country.
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.