Less than a week into summer camp, and injuries are already beginning to take its toll on North Carolina’s depth chart.
Sophomore bandit (hybrid defensive end/linebacker) Shakeel Rashad and sophomore safety Sam Smiley (pictured, No. 3), head coach Larry Fedora confirmed Wednesday, will miss the 2013 season due to injury. The former suffered an unspecified knee injury, while the latter is dealing with a foot/toe issue.
Additionally, walk-on wide receiver Dalton Stogner suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Both Rashad and Smiley were competing for starting jobs at their respective positions.
“Any time you lose one guy, it’s concerning,” Fedora said. “And to lose three – that’s why you’re constantly talking about depth. Building that depth and doing the things that it takes, depth-wise.”
Last season, Smiley started five of the seven games in which he played. He missed five due to, again, lingering foot/toe injuries. Rashad played in 11 games in 2012, starting the regular season finale.
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.