Stunner: Muschamp to be named new Gator head coach


Leave it to the Florida Gators to grab some of the spotlight that should’ve been a solo shine on another SEC school tonight.

Just as the Heisman ceremony was beginning, and as Auburn’s Cam Newton was on the verge of becoming the school’s third winner in a runaway, there’s a stunner developing in Gainesville.

According to the Florida Times-Union and the Associated Press — and Tim Tebow as well — Florida has chosen Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as the Gators’ next head coach.  An announcement from the school is expected later tonight.

It’s being reported that athletic director Jeremy Foley met with Muschamp in Austin today and offered the coordinator the job, although there’s been no official confirmation from the school on the hire.

Although, does it really get any more official than a tweet from Tebow?

If it is indeed Muschamp, it would be more than a mild surprise as the current Longhorns coach-in-waiting has barely been on anyone’s radar since Meyer stepped down earlier this week.

This move would also mean that Mack Brown would have two new coordinators in place next season.

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.