LSU fans rejoice: OC Crowton headed to Terps

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Let the partying on the bayou commence in earnest.

Some fans didn’t get their wish when Les Miles decided to stay at LSU after getting heavy overtures from Michigan.  Instead, they’ll have to settle for one of Miles’ most vilified assistant leaving the Tigers.

Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton confirmed to the Baton Rouge Advocate Thursday morning that he has accepted an offer for the same position at Maryland.  Crowton had confirmed Wednesday night that he’d received an offer for the coordinator job from new Terps head coach Randy Edsall after interviewing for the position earlier in the week.

I did accept the job,” Crowton told the Advocate. “I met with Coach Miles this morning. I talked over with Maren (his wife) and my family last night. This was a very hard decision because there are such wonderful things at LSU.”

Crowton will make $500,000 annually on a three-year deal, $100,000 more a year than what he was making at LSU.

The 53-year-old coach had come under heavy fire for what could be charitably described as inept offenses during his past two years with the Tigers.  LSU was 45th (29.7) and 76th (24.8) in scoring offense, and 86th (341.3) and 112th (304.5) in total offense.  Most embarrassing was an utterly limp passing attack: 107th (155.6) last year, 97th (181.8) in 2009.

Of course, when you are forced to rely on Jordan Jefferson at quarterback, what do you expect?

Regardless, the LSU faithful won’t have Crowton to kick around any longer.  As to which coordinator they will be able to put a foot into from here on out, that’s very much up in the air at the moment.

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.