Brian Johnson

Utes stays in-house for new offensive coordinator


A little less than two months after Norm Chow left to become the head coach at Hawaii, Utah has found a replacement offensive coordinator.

And, as it turns out, the Utes didn’t have to look very far.

Utah confirmed via a press release Thursday morning that Brian Johnson has been promoted to coordinator.  The 24-year-old Johnson — he’ll turn 25 later this month — has served as head coach Kyle Whittingham‘s quarterbacks coach, and will continue in that capacity as well.

“After spending the past month conducting a national search for an offensive coordinator, it became very apparent that we had the best candidate for the job right here on our own staff,” said Whittingham in a statement. “Brian is a leader and a special coaching talent, just as he was a special player, and he is the right person to lead our offense.”

Johnson is the winningest quarterback in Utah history — 26-7 as the starter during a career that spanned from 2005-08 — and was named the MVP of the Utes’ two-touchdown Sugar Bowl win over Alabama following the 2008 season.

Johnson was hired by Whittingham before the start of the 2010 season and, as far as we can tell, he is officially the youngest coordinator on either side of the ball at the Div. 1-A level.

“I am excited that Coach Whittingham has given me this opportunity and I am prepared for the challenge,” said Johnson. “I’m looking forward to working with a great coaching staff and putting together a productive offense that will help us win a conference championship. I’ve had many good mentors as a player and a coach, including Dan Mullen, Andy Ludwig, Aaron Roderick and Norm Chow.”

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.