Hawkeyes get good news, bad news on junior attrition front

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On Tuesday, Iowa received the much-needed good news that All-Big Ten cornerback Shaun Prater would be returning for another season in Iowa City.

On Wednesday, the Hawkeyes batted .500 on the underclassmen retention front.  First, the positive.

Via a press release, wide receiver Marvin McNutt Jr. announced that he would be returning to the Hawkeyes for another season instead of taking the plunge into the NFL draft.

“I was very happy to learn this morning of Marvin’s intentions to finish his career at Iowa as a senior next fall,”said head coach Kirk Ferentz. “Marvin has done some tremendous things for our team the past several years and we anticipate him enjoying a very productive year as both a player and team leader in his senior year.”

The 6-4, 215-pound receiver led the Hawkeyes with 53 receptions and 861 receiving yards in 2010.

Now, the negative for Ferentz & Company.  Safety Tyler Sash told Matt Bowen of the National Football Post that he will be making himself available for the 2011 draft.

Sash was a first-team All-Big ten performer the past two seasons.

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.