Three months after tearing ACL, Cincy WR Hazelton on verge of a return

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On Sept. 4, Vidal Hazelton suffered a torn ACL in his first game as a member of the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Exactly 12 weeks after suffering an injury that would sideline the vast majority of players for at least six months, the wide receiver is on the verge of a miraculous return.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hazelton made the road trip with his teammates to Storrs for their game against UConn and could — could — play later today.  He has yet to gain medical clearance for a return to the playing field, and an examination by the team doctor Saturday morning will determine his availability for the noon kickoff.

The paper reports that, if he’s given the thumbs up from the medical side, he would probably be limited to 10 or so plays.

Still, to even be in a position to think about a return for a handful of plays less than three full months after tearing that ligament?  Sports-wise, that would qualify as at least a minor miracle.  And provide a testament to the young man’s work ethic and character.

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.