Johnny Ragin

Cal LB Johnny Ragin transfers to Oregon

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One of three Cal football players to transfer since the end of the 2013 season, Johnny Ragin has found himself a new football home for the 2014 season and beyond.

The linebacker, Oregon announced, has transferred into the Ducks football program and is already enrolled in school.  Because he transferred within the Pac-12 conference, Ragin would normally be forced to sit out the next two seasons; however, Ragin won an appeal and, after sitting out 2014, will be eligible to play for the Ducks in 2015.

Ragin becomes the second Cal player to win an appeal after transferring within the conference, joining offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa.  The middle of last month, Tagaloa announced he would be transferring to Arizona.

A three-star member of Cal’s 2013 recruiting class, Ragin was rated as the No. 4 player in the state of Oregon.  He played in eight games as a true freshman.

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.