Southern Miss WR DeAndre Brown reportedly headed to NFL

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It’s long been thought that DeAndre Brown would be three and done at Southern Miss.

According to one report, that is indeed the case.

ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad reported late Wednesday night that the Southern Miss wide receiver has informed coaches he’s decided to forego his final year of eligibility and make himself available for the 2011 NFL draft.  While that may ultimately be the case, there’s one coach the junior has yet to inform of his intentions.

“He’s still got time before he has to make it official,” offensive coordinator Blake Anderson said. “I understand that he’s trying to see where he’s going to fall. I don’t know if he’s put his name in for it yet. That’s not been confirmed to me.”

After catching 114 passes for 1,902 yards and 21 touchdowns, Brown was hampered by a leg injury that forced him out of more than half this season’s game and slowed him in most of the ones he did play in.  In the six games he did play in this year, Brown had 19 receptions for 284 yards and three touchdowns.

At 6-6, 239 pounds, his size and athletic ability will certainly make him attractive to most NFL teams, although there could be some questioning his ability to stay healthy — including this gruesome leg injury two years ago — and his work ethic/attitude.  If this report is accurate, Brown would become the third receiver with eligibility remaining — or with the opportunity to gain another year of eligibility — in the past four days to leave early for the NFL.

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.