Oscar Giles

Ex-Texas assistant added to LaTech staff

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After spending nearly a decade in Texas, Oscar Giles will continue his collegiate coaching career a little further east.

Giles, Louisiana Tech announced in a press, has been hired by head coach Skip Holtz as his new defensive line coach.  Giles replaces Stan Eggen, who left earlier this month for a job at Iowa State.

Giles had spent the previous nine seasons at Texas, where he was in charge of the Longhorn defensive ends.  During his time at his alma mater — he played there in the late eighties and early nineties — Giles watched as two members of his unit staked their claim to the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive end.

Jackson Jeffcoat won the award following the 2013 season, while Brian Orakpo was the 2008 winner.

Following the hiring of Charlie Strong to replace Mack Brown, Giles was not retained.

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.