The 1-A ranks of college football will be growing in numbers in 2012 with the addition of former 1-AA teams Texas State, UT-San Antonio (to the WAC) and UMass (to the MAC).
In the not-too-distant future, it may grow by one more.
Georgia State announced on its official athletic site today that it commissioned a consulting group, Collegiate Consulting, to conduct a study regarding the feasibility of a move to 1-A football. The Panthers just completed their second season in football at the 1-AA level in the Colonial Athletic Association.
“We are performing our due diligence to fully understand potential opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of college athletics and particularly college football,” GSU AD Cheryl L. Levick said in a statement. “We will evaluate the information in the feasibility study to determine the best course of action for Georgia State.
“No decisions have been made, and Georgia State has not received an invitation from any conference.”
It just so happens that new Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson said conference expansion would be one of his first priorities. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports via the school’s commissioned report that “that the Sun Belt would be the best fit.”
GSU could be making that move by 2014.
Other 1-AA programs that have looked into the move to 1-A included Villanova, (too) long rumored to be joining the Big East, as well as Appalachian State.
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.