New Texas A&M chancellor says ‘yes’ to SEC

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Overshadowed by Texas A&M’s Board of Regents’ unanimous decision to give President R. Loftin Bowen permission to “take action on conference alignment” was the announcement of the A&M system’s new chancellor John Sharp.

Sharp, the lone finalist for the position in Monday’s meeting, practically put to bed any speculation as to what the A&M suits were thinking when it came to possibly leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.

Yes, I’m for going to the SEC,” Sharp said via the Austin-American Statesman. “I think it’s a win-win situation.”

Sharp’s comments were far more forward than Loftin’s, who’s post-meeting Q&A echoed what the media has been writing for the past two weeks:

Maybe they will, maybe they won’t.

“This is all about what is best for Texas A&M, along with visibility for us and our athletes and financial resources,” Loftin said. “It’s not so much what’s wrong with the Big 12; it’s what’s right for Texas A&M and where we want to go in time.

“What we do will be in the best interest of Texas A&M and the state of Texas. We don’t want the Big 12 to go away.”

The logistics and legal matters of a potential move seem to be the current hurdle the Aggies are trying to jump. Whether they’ll trip over it as they move forward is still to be seen. One thing is clear, though: the intent is there. There are no more denials from the A&M camp about where their heart lies.

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.