Some links from around college football from over the weekend…
— ESPN’s Mark Schlabach writes that bowl sites for a four-team playoff could be chosen based on conference tie-ins.
— The BCS is dying, writes Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, but the real challenge for college athletics remains.
— Very sad news from last week, as a small college football player in Nebraska has passed away from injuries he sustained when he fell out of the back of a pickup truck.
— Is Brett Hundley on the verge of claiming UCLA’s QB job? Seeing as no one else can stay healthy, I’d say he has as good a shot as anyone.
— Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was in the works for a biography before his death earlier this year.
— In preparation for their move to the Big East, Navy is cancelling a four-game series with UNLV. I understand your inconsolable state and we’ll allow you plenty of time to grieve.
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.
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.