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WVU AD says he’s not interested in being Big 12 commissioner


As we noted earlier in the week, the Big 12’s Board of Directors are set to meet today to begin the search of replacing acting conference commissioner Chuck Neinas.

So far, only a few names have been connected to the job — Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick among them  but there has been another one floating around the rumor mill: West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck (pictured, third on right).

Before taking the AD position at WVU, Luck was the president of the Houston Dynamo of MLS, and the VP of Business Development and President and CEO of NFL Europe, so he’s held high-ranking positions before.

But Luck has stated multiple times he’s not interested in the position, most recently by the Charleston Gazette’s Mitch Vingle. 

“No,” Luck said when asked if he was interested in the job. “I‘m very happy with what I’m doing. We have lots to do here yet. I’m happy being on [school president] Jim Clements‘ team.

“I’d rather be on the search committee.”

Whether the search committee brings up Lucks name remains to be seen.

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.