Da'Rick Rogers, Casey Hayward

Da’Rick Rogers back practicing with Vols


Well, so much for those rumors, apparently.

Earlier this week there was some uncertainty swirling around Da’Rick Rogersfuture with the Tennessee football program, with one report going so far as to speculate — in part via Rogers’ own words — that he was strongly considering a transfer to Div. 1-AA Georgia State.

After being held out of practice Thursday for what was officially labeled “internal things that needed taken care of”, Rogers was back at Vols practice Saturday.  And, according to head coach Derek Dooley, all is good when it comes to the All-SEC wide receiver and his (short-term? on-again, off-again?) future with the Vols.

“You know, it was something he had to do, he did it and he’s back,” Dooley was quoted as saying by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, referring to the missed practice time earlier in the week. “He’s doing good. He had a good day out there today. He had good energy, good job covering punts a couple times. He’s obviously an extremely talented player. Glad he took care of what he had to do. …

“Da’Rick’s been fine. I don’t worry about that, and if he is [not], then we handle it just like any other player.”

Dooley added that the transfer rumors to Georgia State “didn’t even come up” in conversations he’s had with the player, “and we’ve talked for hours since two days ago.”

Rogers’ tweets came three days ago on Wednesday, March 28, so this could merely be a matter of semantics on the coach’s part.  What seems clear that, at least for now, Rogers will be a part of the Vols.

With Justin Hunter returning from a severe knee injury and limited this spring, the Vols could certainly use the Rogers who flashed his immense potential last season this year.  That kind of production — team-leading totals in receptions (67), receiving yards (1,040) and receiving touchdowns (nine) — would be difficult to replace, especially if Hunter is less than 100 percent to start the season or suffers a setback.

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.