Starting BYU defensive lineman ruled academically ineligible

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Newly-minted football independent BYU will begin the first of their 28 scheduled summer camp practices this afternoon, but, when they do so, they’ll do it without a starting member of their defensive line.

The Cougars announced several roster moves Friday ahead of camp, including defensive lineman Matt Putnam being ruled academically ineligible for 2011.  The ruling means that, in all likelihood, the senior will miss the entire year.

Putnam started nine of the 13 games in which he played last season, and was expected to be a full-time starter this season.

Additionally, the school announced the return of running back Malosi Te’o.  Te’o had left the Cougars in July of last year and transferred to Hawaii.  The last time the married 24-year-old played a real game of football?  His senior year of high school — in the fall of 2005.

Oh, and one more roster note: linebacker Va’a Niumatalolo has joined the Cougars as a walk-on.  He’s the son of Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo.

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.