Rivals does a U-turn: Trojans named Recruiting Champs


Just when we started to think that water was wet and the sky was blue, Rivals goes and pulls a move like this… and totally redeems Lane Kiffin.

In the late hours of Signing Day, the Trojans pulled two elite recruits, snatching four-star Junior College defensive end and UCLA commit Marquis Jackson away from the Bruins, and four-star fullback Soma Vainuku, only days after a last minute visit and offer. Apparently those two commits, and the rest of the star-studded class, were enough to push the Trojans slightly ahead of the Gators, according to Rivals’ complex mathematical formula.

(I’d ask JT to explain it to all of you, but Florio and the guys at NBC didn’t supply us with calculators…) 

Here’s how you know that this was a crazy recruiting season: the two top teams in the country had a coach that either wasn’t with their program on New Year’s Day or announced he was retiring from the profession.

But Lane Kiffin and Urban Meyer are anything but your average coaches. In Kiffin, USC has a coach that’s willing to push the limits that USC has become so famously known for pushing. And in Meyer, Florida has a coach that’s bulletproof. Even when he openly abandons a commitment he allegedly made to his faith, family, and health, he’s able to recruit a class full of athletes even more thoroughly committed to playing for him, regardless of character concerns.

While recruiting national championships are an exercise in subjectivity, maybe USC and Florida’s ascension to the top of college football goes to show you that when it comes to recruiting — especially with Lane Kiffin and Urban Meyer — everything isn’t quite as it appears.

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.