Grobe adds two assistants to Wake staff


After announcing back in January that two assistants wouldn’t be retained, Jim Grobe has filled the two holes on his Wake Forest coaching staff.

Jonathan Himebauch and Derrick Jackson have been hired as offensive line coach and outside linebackers coach, respectively, the Demon Deacons announced via a press release.  The official hiring of Jackson confirms previous reports.

“I feel like we’ve really helped ourselves in hiring two guys who will be excellent recruiters, excellent coaches on the field and excellent role models for their players,” said Grobe in a statement.  “With Jonathan, we’ll be able to do something I’ve wanted to do for a while and that’s let Lobo coordinate the offense and Jonathan  will do a great job coaching the offensive line and bring us some good ideas that will help us offensively.

“Derrick has lots of good coaching experience, is a proven recruiter, and from a pass rush standpoint, will give us some good ideas on rushing the passer.  His background in the pass rush will help us improve defensively.”

Himebauch, a two-year starter at center for USC in the mid-90s, is leaving the Toronto Argonauts just two months after being hired as the CFL club’s offensive coordinator.  He’s spent time on college coaching staffs at San Diego State (2006-08) and UNLV (2000, 2004).

Before spending the 2011 season at Rice, he was an assistant at Akron (2010), Syracuse (2007-09), Michigan State (2006), Northern Illinois (2005), Eastern Illinois (2003-04) and Army (2001-02).

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.