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RichRod not hopeful Davonte’ Neal will be granted hardship waiver


While nothing’s officially official quite yet, it doesn’t appear Arizona will have a highly-rated transfer at its disposal in 2013.

At least for the moment, the only thing official is that Davonte’ Neal is a member of the Wildcats football program.  Speaking at the Pac-12 media days late this past week, though, UA head coach Rich Rodriguez sounded decidedly pessimistic about the wide receiver’s immediate availability, telling the assembled media that “I don’t believe he’s going to be eligible.”

The eligibility question, though, has nothing to do with academics.  Rather, it doesn’t appear the appeal made to the NCAA by the player and school will be successful.

Based on the fact that Neal, a 2012 Notre Dame signee, transferred back to his home state to be closer to his girlfriend and young daughter, an appeal was made for immediate eligibility.  Such an appeal, which normally revolves around a health issue involving a relative, will likely not be enough for the ever-benevolent NCAA to qualify Neal for the hardship waiver he is seeking.

It was announced in late March that Neal would be transferring from South Bend.  Two weeks later, the new dad announced he was moving on the UA.

Neal was a four-star member of the Irish’s 2012 class, rated as the No. 17 receiver in the country.  He played sparingly on offense as a true freshman, catching one pass for minus-five yards.  Neal’s biggest role came on special teams as he returned 21 punts for 46 yards.

Beginning in 2014, Neal will have three seasons to use his remaining three years of eligibility.

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.