Green is gone: UGA loses top wideout to NFL

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In arguably the least surprising declaration of those made thus far, Georgia’s A.J. Green has officially decided he will take his immense talents from Athens to the NFL.

The standout wide receiver made the announcement via a press release issued by the school.

“While it was a difficult decision, it came down to the opportunity of pursuing a dream I¹ve had since early childhood,” said Green. “But Georgia is a great place and I¹m so appreciative of the opportunity to be a Georgia Bulldog.  I want to thank the coaches, my teammates and the fans who have supported me and helped me grow not only as a player but as a man.”

“A.J. has made an immeasurable impact on our team over the past three seasons and we wish him nothing but the best,” said UGA head coach Mark Richt. “I¹ve enjoyed the blessing of working with him and getting to know his family and we wish him all the success in professional football. Once a Bulldog always a Bulldog.”

In 32 games (27 starts) with the Bulldogs, Green recorded 166 receptions for 2,619 yards and 23 touchdowns.  Those numbers, though, don’t begin to describe Green as a football player, as NFL scouts who break down his film will find out..

With Andrew Luck‘s decision to remain at Stanford for another season, there’s already talk that Green could very well wind up being the first-overall pick in the April draft.

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.