Cal’s leading rusher headed to the NFL

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With over 2,000 yards and more than two dozen touchdowns the past two seasons, Shane Vereen has been one of the more underappreciated talents in the country.

Next season, those talents will be on display in the NFL.

Vereen told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal that he has decided to give up the remainder of his collegiate eligibility and will make himself available for the April NFL draft.  The fact that he already has his college diploma was a significant factor in his decision.

“I think the big part of my decision is I graduated early. I graduated in 3 1/2 years,” said Vereen. “The fact that I was done with school, had a decent season and was healthy put myself in a position to play in the NFL.”

Vereen said he informed head coach Jeff Tedford last Sunday, and said “it was very difficult.”

The junior led the Bears with 1,167 yards rushing and 13 rushing touchdowns.  He was third on the team in receptions (22) and receiving touchdowns (3), and was fourth in receiving yards (209).

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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.