Before National Signing Day, it was thought that the pursuit of the nation’s top player in the 2011 recruiting class, Jadeveon Clowney, had come down to two schools — South Carolina and Alabama.
After watching Dabo Swinney pull in a very impressive class, Clowney publicly added Clemson into the mix, with reports swirling that the Tide was fading as a potential destination. Unfortunately for those with vested interest in the Tuscaloosa program, a person very close to the defensive lineman has confirmed as much.
Speaking to the Charleston Post & Courier, Clowney’s high school coach said that his player’s interest in Alabama is indeed waning. Bobby Carroll spoke to Clowney Saturday, and was given the impression that the distance between his home in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Tuscaloosa — not anything having to do with the program itself — has the No. 1 player in the nation leaning away from the Tide.
“It’s not because of Alabama’s legacy or anything like that,” Carroll said. “It’s the proximity thing. He’s just not sure he wants to make that long ride.”
Clowney is expected to make his decision on Feb. 14, which is both his birthday and Valentine’s Day. Carroll’s “gut feeling” is that South Carolina is still the front-runner, although he hasn’t specifically been told that by Clowney.
Both Carroll and an unnamed source told the paper that Clowney already knows where he wants to go, but is remaining tight-lipped as he weighs all of the factors and ensures he makes the right decision.
As for rumors of unofficial visits to Oregon and Clemson ahead of his decision, Carroll said he is unaware of any trips planned by Clowney.
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.