Houston, we have a decision: UGA LB going pro

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Just a few hours ahead of the midnight deadline for draft-eligible underclassmen to declare their intentions, Justin Houston has decided at which level he will play in 2011.

Unfortunately for the Georgia coaching staff and their fans, the expected happened.

The All-SEC linebacker announced just a short while ago that he has decided to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility and enter the April draft.

“I want to thank the University of Georgia and the coaches for giving me the chance to come to UGA,” said Houston in a statement. “Without Coach Mark Richt, I would not be where I am today.  He has helped me grow from a boy to a grown man during my four years.  It was a very hard decision to make but in the end, I had to do what’s best for my family and me.  Thanks to all of the fans who were behind us the whole time I was in Athens.”

“Justin is a great person and great player and we’ll miss him,” said UGA head coach Mark Richt.  “He’s been an integral part of our team the past three years.  We wish him nothing but the best as he moves into this next phase of his football career and I’m certain he’ll be successful.”

Houston is the second UGA underclassman to declare for the draft; last weekend, wide receiver A.J. Green did the expected and jumped into the NFL draft pool early.

In 2010, Houston led the SEC in sacks during the regular season with 10.  The 6-3, 258-pounder was also a finalist for the Butkus and Nagurski awards.

His 20 career sacks ranks seventh in school history.

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.