Meyer calling recruits daily

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As the U.S. Army All-American game wraps up its third quarter, the broadcast team at NBC brought up an interesting point about resign/resting/still-working-18-hour-days football coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer just received a gigantic commitment from five-star defensive tackle prospect Sharrif Floyd, which shouldn’t be surprising because the recruits in San Antonio report that Meyer has been calling each of Florida’s targets each and every day, a far cry from the step back that he’s taking to tend to his health, family, and faith.

Just two weeks ago, Meyer shocked the sporting world by announcing that he’s stepping down from the head coaching job at Florida. He told the New York Times that his teenage daughter was ecstatic, proclaiming that, “I get my daddy back.”

The “sign from God that this was the right thing to do,” lasted about 24 hours, when the resignation turned into a leave-of-absence. and now the leave of absence is on hold, most likely because of recruiting.

Meyer was largely applauded for putting his health and family before his job when the decision shocked us all. Yet that commitment to his family rings pretty hollow when he’s still grinding late into the night trying to secure a recruiting class instead of worrying about the chest pains and health issues that nearly killed him. 

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.