An ankle issue Robert Woods dealt with all of last season and led to offseason surgery kept the All-American wide receiver out of USC’s spring practice sessions earlier this year, leading some to wonder and/or worry whether the problem would bleed into yet another season.
While that may indeed be the case, there doesn’t appear to be any real reason for any significant concern. At least for now.
Speaking to reporters following an unofficial team passing session Friday, Woods confirmed that he will remain sidelined from summer workouts for the foreseeable future due to a lingering inflammation issue in the ankle. Despite that, Woods isn’t concerned about playing through the pain yet again, especially in light of how he coped with it last season — 111 receptions for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns.
“I thought about it, the possibility of not being healthy for the season, of still being sore,” Woods said. “But then I remembered I was sore all last year and I did OK, so I think I’ll be all right.”
Woods also expects to be ‘all right” by the time summer camp rolls around in early August. Whether that return will entail full medical clearance or limited participation remains to be seen.
Then again, when you’re talking about a player who’s caught over 170 passes for more than 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns, the Trojans can afford to err on the side of caution when it comes to preseason practice.
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.