Another day, another potential weapon added to Rich Rodriguez’s stable of running backs.
Monday, former Illinois back Dami Ayoola announced that he has committed to continuing his FBS career in 2015 with the Wildcats after spending 2014 in the JUCO ranks. A day later, former UNLV and Northwestern running back Adonis Smith confirmed to the Arizona Daily Star that he will play for the Wildcats as well.
Unlike Ayoola, however, Smith is expected to be granted immediate eligibility and play in 2014.
“I just felt the offense is a great offense,” Smith told the Daily Star. “I think Coach Rodriguez is a great coach. I’ve been watching him for years. It all just felt like a great fit.”
Smith was a three-star member of Northwestern’s 2010 recruiting class, totaling 462 rushing yards (4.3 ypc), nine receptions and three rushing TD’s his first two seasons in Evanston. He abruptly transferred from the Wildcats in February of 2012 and ultimately landed at UNLV less than a month later.
After sitting out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, he rushed for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Rebels in 2013. Why he left UNLV and transferred to a third school is unclear.
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.