Outback Bowl - Michigan Wolverines v South Carolina Gamecocks

Devin Gardner granted medical hardship


As of last November, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner had applied for a medical hardship waiver that would grant him a fifth year of eligibility. At the time, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said he felt optimistic that the waiver would be approved.

Turns out, he was right. Gardner was granted his medical hardship and will have two years of eligibility remaining, per a Michigan announcement on Tuesday. You can watch a video interview with Gardner about the waiver HERE.

Gardner, who just finished his junior year, played sparingly in 2010 and sat out most of that year with a back injury.

Gardner played well down the final stretch of the 2012 season for the injured Denard Robinson. He finished the year with 1,219 yards passing with 11 touchdowns to five interceptions. He also saw playing time as a receiver last year to get on the field, where he hauled in 266 yards and four touchdowns.

He should be the favorite to be Michigan’s starting quarterback in 2013.

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.