FSU, UGA looking to get Smart at 'Bama's expense?


Ahead of the biggest… game… ever, Florida’s Charlie Strong isn’t the only defensive coordinator working in the SEC Championship game whose name is being tossed about by the coaching rumor mill.

Alabama coordinator Kirby Smart‘s name has been mentioned in connection with the coordinator openings at both Georgia and Florida State.  Right now any and all attachment seems to be mainly media- or message board-driven, but head coach Nick Saban seemed perturbed at the notion of one of his coaches making a lateral move just for the sake of making a move.

“We want our coaches to advance. It should be their motivation to do a good job to be able to create a better opportunity for themselves,” Saban said. “If you’re a coordinator, you can become a head coach. If you’re not a coordinator, you can go some place and be a coordinator, and actually gain more responsibility.

“To move just to move sometimes, when it’s not really an advancement in responsibility, is (not) something that you like to see on your staff because you hope that the people that are there are working to move up the ladder.”

We tend to agree wholeheartedly with Coach Woodcock on this one, only we’ll say it a little bit differently and with no offense meant to either the UGA or FSU programs.

Why in the hell would Smart leave Alabama for the same position at schools who are, quite frankly, simply not at the same level as the Tide right now?  It makes no sense at all.  None.

Leaving for a head coaching gig is one thing; leaving for a job with the same responsibilities and title at a “lesser” program?  C’mon now.

Then again, Smart’s agent wouldn’t be tossing his name out there in an effort to fatten up his client’s Tide contract, would he?  Nah, that’s not how agents roll.

Speaking of rolling, insert an eye one here…

Reports: Miami hiring Lance Guidry from Tulane as DC

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Miami is hiring Lance Guidry, who was defensive coordinator at Marshall last season and recently accepted the same position at Tulane, to lead its defense, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized between Guidry and Miami.

The 51-year-old Louisiana native was hired way from Marshall by Tulane just last month. Now he’ll replace Kevin Steele on Mario Cristobal‘s staff at Miami. Steele is reportedly on his way to Alabama to become Nick Saban‘s defensive coordinator after holding that position for one season with the Hurricanes.

Alabama has yet to make the hiring of Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees official. Rees had been assistant at Notre Dame.

Tulane announced the hiring of Guidry on Jan. 23 to replace Chris Hampton, who left the New Orleans-based school to join Oregon’s staff as an assistant coach.

Guidry’s defenses at Marshall ranked third in the nation in yards per play this season (4.56) and 26th nationally in 2021 (5.14 ypp).

Iowa-Northwestern set for Wrigley Field in November

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CHICAGO — Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northwestern next season.

Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats’ home game will be played Nov. 4.

Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010 in the MLB ballpark’s first college football game since 1938, and the Wildcats hosted Purdue there in 2021.

Wrigley Field has a long history of hosting football games. The Chicago Bears played there from 1921 to 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. The old Chicago Cardinals also played at Wrigley, as well as DePaul until its program folded in 1939.

Northwestern had been scheduled to play Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020, but the game was moved to Ryan Field in Evanston because of the COVID-19 pandemic.