Over the past few days, we’ve seen a rise in reports of Boise State likely bolting from the WAC to the Mountain West.
First there was Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, who reported that “there’s at least a decent chance” that the Broncos will get an invite from the MWC before July 1. Then, Friday night, Joe Schad of ESPN.com reported that BSU is “more likely than not” to get an invite from the conference in June.
And, according to a report in the Idaho Statesman, there’s good reason for the surge in speculation.
On Friday, per the Statesman, the WAC moved up the deadline for BSU to decide it’s league future to July 1. Previously, the paper reports, the deadline was Sept. 1.
The Statesman also notes the penalty for the Broncos leaving the WAC, although it’s hard to call it a penalty. BSU would reportedly forfeit their share of conference revenue for 2010-2011, which is projected to be somewhere between $1 million and $1.5 million.
(You, in the back. Yeah, Mr. Big Ten. Stop gigglin’. It’s very disrespectful.)
One of the things in the financial favor of the Broncos is that, if they announce their intentions of leaving the WAC this July and qualify for a BcS bowl game following the 2010 season, they will be allowed to keep the $3 million bonus for making it to a BcS game.
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.