Fairley taking his immense talent, bag of (dirty) tricks to the NFL

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Thursday, Auburn lost their best player on the offensive side of the ball to early entry into the NFL draft.  A day later, and as expected, they lost their best player on the other side of the ball to the big boy football league as well.

In a press conference conducted this afternoon at Williamson High School in Mobile, Ala., defensive lineman Nick Fairley announced that he was leaving the Tigers and making himself available for the April NFL draft.

“I was thinking, ‘What more could I accomplish my senior year?” Fairley said during the announcement.

Like Cam Newton, who announced his decision to leave a year early for the NFL yesterday, Fairley was a consensus All-American while also taking home the Lombardi Award as the nation’s top lineman.  Fairley set school records with 11.5 sacks and 24 tackles for loss.

While he has been labeled — justifiably so — as a dirty player, there’s little doubt that he’s one of the most physically gifted lineman to enter the draft in the last decade.  With Andrew Luck‘s decision to remain at Stanford for another season, the race to become the No. 1 overall draft pick is wide open.  If I’m Carolina, and dirty player at the collegiate level or not, I’m taking a very long, very hard look at Fairley at the top of the 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.