Tyree Watkins

‘Conduct unbecoming’ nets Duke WR a dismissal


Based on the response from Twitter, that conduct ranged from “he knew how to play?” to getting a B in an advanced chemistry class.

Unfortunately, it’s something a whole helluva lot more serious

Duke announced Wednesday afternoon that wide receiver Tyree Watkins has been dismissed from the Blue Devils.  The official reason behind the dismissal from head coach David Cutcliffe is “conduct unbecoming of a member of the program.”  Of course, the specific conduct was not detailed in the school’s release.

The Associated Press did provide some specifics, however, reporting that Watkins was arrested Monday and charged with assaulting a female.  NBC-17 in Durham delves even further, writing that the female victim alleged “Watkins pulled her out of a car, grabbed her by her neck and choked her, causing her to hit her head against a wall.”  The unnamed female victim and Watkins were reportedly involved in a relationship.

The dismissal comes just four days after Watkins totaled five receptions for 78 yards in the Blue Devils’ spring game.  In 28 games the past three seasons, the Camden, NJ, native had 24 receptions for 152 yards.

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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.