Today was decision day for a quartet of draft-eligible Alabama football players.
Unfortunately for Tide faithful, three of them won’t be playing in Tuscaloosa in 2011.
In a press conference early Friday afternoon, running back Mark Ingram, defensive lineman Marcell Dareus and wide receiver Julio Jones all announced that they will be leaving early for the April NFL draft. It had been previously reported that Ingram and Dareus would be making the jump, although Jones’ departure was widely expected as well.
“I’m fully endorsing each of these guys in terms of the decisions they’ve made,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said.
The Tide did receive a bit of good news on the attrition front as linebacker Dont’a Hightower announced he will be returning for another season.
Saban added that “we still have guys who are making decisions.” Two of those players are likely wide receiver Marquis Maze and defensive back Mark Barron.
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).
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.