Auburn’s leading receiver past two years jumps to the NFL

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Even as the deadline for eligible underclassmen to enter the NFL draft

came and went Saturday, there’s still news of players who made their declarations under the radar trickling in.

The latest is Auburn wide receiver Darvin Adams, who has decided to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility and make himself available for the April draft.

Adams, who would’ve been a senior in 2011, led the Tigers in receptions the past two seasons, with 52 during the title run this past year and a school-record 60 in 2009.  He averaged 17.5 yards per catch and totaled 17 touchdowns the last two years.

Adams becomes the third junior to leave the Tigers early, joining Heisman winner Cam Newton and consensus All-American Nick Fairley.

As noted by the Birmingham News, not only will Gene Chizik have to replace those three very productive juniors, but 24 seniors as well.

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.