Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator pleads guilty to assault, domestic violence

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Six months after leaving Texas Tech to “pursue other career opportunities” — which, for a New York Minute, included speculation of a potential stop at Florida — former Red Raiders defensive coordinator James Willis has pleaded guilty to a charges of assault and domestic abuse.

Willis has been sentenced to six months deferred probation and could face up to one year in jail if he violates said probation. Willis must also attend anger management classes and complete 30 hours of community service.

The original incident at Willis’ household came just days before the announcement that Willis was leaving TTU. According to police reports obtained by FOX 34, “Shalane Willis claimed her husband slapped her, hit her in the nose and threw her on the bed during an argument. Mrs. Willis says she ran out the front door to the neighbors’ house to call 911.”

Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville has maintained that the incident had nothing to do with Willis’ decision to leave the program. TTU has since hired former TCU assistant Chad Glasgow.

As for those “other opportunities” for Willis? Well, suffice it to say they haven’t panned out just yet*.

(*note: as a diligent reader has pointed out, Willis has landed in the UFL at the Hartford Colonials)

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.