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ESPN, MWC agree to TV deal as well

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The Big East — or, what will soon formerly be known as the Big East — announced yesterday that it had inked its new television deal with ESPN through 2019-20. That deal is said to be worth $126 million over its seven-year life. Today, ESPN and the Mountain West followed in kind.

The MWC announced an agreement in principle for ESPN to carry the rights for football and men’s basketball starting in 2013 and ending after the 2019-20 season. The amount of the deal wasn’t disclosed, but it’s previously been reported to be in the range of $116 million over its life. That number is said to include the MWC’s existing deal with CBS Sports Network, the conference’s primary rights holder, but does not include a to-be-negotiated conference championship game.

“As part of this new agreement, CBS Sports Network and ESPN will alternate game selections (after initial picks by CBSSN) in football and men’s basketball with ESPN controlling the rights to Boise State home football games,” the release from the MWC states. “CBS Sports Network retains the rights to Bronco road football contests.”

Boise State will receive a minimum of three home games broadcast on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC, and three remaining home games will be made available on the ESPN family of networks.

The MWC will pay $300,000 for conference-controlled games that air on national networks (i.e., ESPN, CBS, NBC, Fox, etc), and there is an additional $200,000 to be made if those broadcasts come on a Saturday.

As the Idaho Statesman points out, Boise is in line to make, at minimum, nearly $1 million off this new agreement.

The deal is still expected to come out less than what Big East football members will make on a yearly basis, but as noted above, Boise State will be getting a nice deal out of it.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.