As expected, nothing of substance came out of the first day of USC’s appearance before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.
However, the central figure in the case, who was thousands of miles away getting his amateur athletics groove on at the time, did speak on the record to a Los Angeles Times reporter. And pretty much said nothing.
As he was in Vancouver attending the Winter Olympic games, former Trojan running back Reggie Bush told the Times that he’d really like to speak out, but doggone it those pesky lawyers and such preclude him from doing so. In lieu of addressing any of the issues, Bush did say that he would defend good ol’ ‘SC until the day he dies.
So they have that going for them. Which is good.
“There are attorneys, there are lawsuits, there are all those things that keep you from being able to talk,” Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, said during a promotional stop at a sponsor’s office in Vancouver, adding, “I’ve tried to do everything I can, on my part, to help USC out.”
“I can’t really speak on that because of pending things, but I’ve done everything I can and I will defend ‘SC until the day I die. . . . That’s just because I felt USC was so good to me. . . . I am USC and I represent USC.”
(Must… bite… tongue…)
Former head coach Pete Carroll and running backs coach Todd McNair were grilled yesterday by the committee regarding what they knew of the alleged illegal benefits given to Bush and his family.
There was no word as to the substance of the answers provided by Carroll and McNair. Carroll was expected to fly out of Thursday night, while McNair Will Likely be back on the hot seat for a second day in a row.
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).
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.