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Freak accident to keep Florida State RB Dalvin Cook out for spring practice


Florida State freshman running back Dalvin Cook fell up a flight of stairs in the team’s weight room, suffering a shoulder injury in the process that’ll keep him sidelined for spring practice.

Cook, a five-star recruit who enrolled early at Florida State in January, injured his labrum when he fell awkwardly on the steps, according to the Orlando Sentinel. It’s a shame — here’s a kid who passed on his last semester of high school and moved from Miami to Tallahassee with the intention of participating in spring practice, and now can’t.

Ranked by Rivals as the 18th-best player in the recruiting class of 2014, the 2nd-best running back and third-best player in Florida, Cook chose the ‘Noles over offers from Auburn, Florida, LSU, Miami, Texas and USC, among others.

Coach Jimbo Fisher said he expects Cook to be ready to go for the regular season in five and a half months.

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.