Just a couple of days ago, and from seemingly out of the blue, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News wrote that “there’s at least a decent chance” Boise State would be offered a spot in the Mountain West in the not-too-distant future.
Wilner reported that an offer could be extended when MWC presidents meet early next month, and most certainly — if it’s going to happen — before July 1 so the conference would be able to use BSU’s stellar past-years performances in the BcS formula used to determine automatic qualifiers.
In order to do that, BSU would need to be in the MWC for the 2011 season. In order to be a member of the MWC in time for the ’11 season, they would have to be invited by July 1 of this year, and accept by the first of September.
Thus, the seeming sudden urgency for speculation on Boise’s conference future.
While Wilner was alone on Speculation Island for 48 hours or so, that is no longer the case as he now has some company.
According to a posting by ESPN‘s Joe Schad on his Twitter page, “two people close to situation said MWC more likely than not to offer membership in June.”
Schad gave no other details.
It was less than a month ago that, per the Idaho Statesman, the “door to the Mountain West is closing” for Boise State. Now, it appears, somebody’s about to kick the damn thing down. Or, at least, somebody seems interested in expediting the process of kicking the damn thing down.
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.