Miami v Maryland

Academics temporarily cost Terps another defensive player

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Listed as a starter on Maryland’s pre-spring depth chart, Darin Drakeford will instead will be forced to dig his way out of the academic doghouse in order to retain the job come summer camp.

Head coach Randy Edsall announced Monday that the weakside linebacker will miss the remainder of spring practice as he has “some things he’s got to take care of academically.”  Whether those academic issues can be resolved before the start of camp in four months or so remains to be seen.

Despite missing four games last season due to injury, Drakeford finished as the Terps’ fourth-leading tackler.

Drakeford is the second projected starter Maryland has lost on the defensive side of the ball to be lost in as many days; Edsall confirmed Saturday that first-team All-ACC defensive end Joe Vellano would miss the remainder of the spring sessions due to a foot injury.

Additionally, two other projected starters at LB — Alex Twine and Cole Farrand — have been limited for most of the spring due to their own injury issues.

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.