Trojans to lose two first-team all-conference players to NFL

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Not only will Lane Kiffin have to deal with a reduction in scholarships for the the next couple of years, he’ll now have to replace a pair of talented players who still have eligibility remaining as well.

According to ESPN the Magazine’s Bruce Feldman, offensive tackle Tyron Smith and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey have decided to forego their final season of college football at USC and will make themselves available for the April NFL draft.

Both players were named to the Pac-10’s all-conference first team earlier this month, and Casey was named the Trojans’ team MVP.  Mel Kiper and His Hair have Casey and Smith rated as the No. 4 and No. 5 underclassmen, respectively, at their positions.

On the flip side for the Trojans, running back Marc Tyler has decided to remain at USC for another season.

“I’m coming back,” Tyler told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I just want to have that senior year and get the final experience of college.”

Tyler led the Trojans with 913 yards and nine rushing touchdowns.

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.