More twists and turns in pursuit of top-ranked Clowney

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Given the fact that Jadeveon Clowney, the consensus No. 1 high school player in the country, decided against announcing his school of choice on National Signing Day, it was expected there would be plenty of rumors, speculation and innuendo until he picked a school.

10 days ahead of the expected announcement on Valentine’s Day, the rumor mill is not disappointing anyone searching for some Clowney gossip.

Arguably the biggest tidbit to come out regarding Clowney is that he may be heading out west for a visit with Oregon.  The Ducks have barely been on the radar, if at all, for Clowney’s services, so this certainly is viewed by recuitniks as a significant development if the talk comes to fruition.

In another fairly significant development if accurate, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports that Alabama seems to be fading in their pursuit of Clowney.  The Tide and South Carolina have long been thought of as the Rock Hill (S.C.) defensive end’s most likely destination; however, Clowney announced on signing day that another in-state school, Clemson, was very much back in the picture.  Clowney was extremely impressed with the Tigers’ top-ten recruiting haul Wednesday and is seriously considering Dabo Swinney‘s program.

So much so, in fact, that some observers have now labeled Clemson as the front-runner, although that may be a bit premature right now.  It may not be premature, though, as Clowney is expected to take an unofficial visit to a Clemson basketball game two days before his expected announcement.

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.