Beavers take hard hit: Jacquizz Rodgers heads to NFL

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When it was announced that James Rodgers had received a medical hardship year from the NCAA, it was assumed that decision ensured Rodgers’ brother would return to Oregon State for another season.

Unfortunately for the Beavers, that’s not the case.

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Jacquizz Rodgers announced Monday afternoon that he will enter the 2011 draft.  Somewhat interestingly, the press release announcing Rodgers’ decision noted that Rodgers has until 72 hours after the NFL’s January 15 declaration deadline to withdraw his name.

“I’ve thought long and hard about this decision,” Rodgers said in a statement. “I want to thank all of Beaver Nation for their support throughout my time here at Oregon State. Without all of that support I wouldn’t be in this position.”

“We all at Oregon State wish Quizz the greatest success and look forward to watching his career continue in the NFL,” head coach Mike Riley said. “He has certainly impacted both the football team and our lives at Oregon State. He has set a tremendous example as an Oregon State football player.”

Rodgers leaves Corvallis as the school’s second all-time leading rusher with 3,877 yards, which also ranks sixth in Pac-10 Conference history.  He is second with 46 rushing touchdowns and is tied for second with 19 games of 100-plus yards rushing. Rodgers is also the career leader in receptions by a running back with 151 and is third with 306 points scored in his career.

Rodgers, who says he intends to return to Oregon State to finish his degree, becomes the ninth underclassmen running back to declare for the NFL draft.  You know how we know that?  We clicked HERE, of course.

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.