It was seemingly a foregone conclusion that Will Hill would leave collegiate eligibility on the table in order to make his way to the money-green pastures of the NFL.
While Florida has yet to officially confirm his decision, Hill told Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post that he is indeed making himself available for the April draft.
And, according to the safety, the reason for the early leap was simple — he has three children he needs to support financially.
“It took a while to come to that conclusion, but the thing that made me come out and try to go pro is I have a family,” Hill told the Post. “It’s a priority of mine to help my family. I have little ones to look after. I feel like this was best decision for me and them.”
Hill, who said Urban Meyer‘s decision to retire also played a role in the decision, said he hopes to be taken in the first three rounds — with a pipe dream of the first round — although his draft stock took a hit with a subpar 2010 season. The defensive back attributed his slip in play to injuries, while his coaches said during the year that he was underachieving.
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).
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.