Believe it or not, the Big 12 appears to be on the upswing.
Though the deal has not been signed, the Big 12’s member presidents have verbally agreed to a TV deal worth a combined $2.6 billion with ESPN and FOX, CBSSports is reporting. Word of the deal first came on March 13 and was reported by both CBS and the Sports Business Journal.
(For what it’s worth, the SBJ reported the deal was worth $2.5 billion. The point is the deal, when official, will place the Big 12 among the richest conferences in college athletics.)
The new contract would extend the league’s current deal with ESPN, which runs through 2016, to 2025 to “sync up” with the conference’s second-tier rights rights agreement with FOX, signed in 2011. Also expected to be announced with the deal is an extension of the grant of rights through the life of the contracts. The league previously voted to a grant of rights for six years.
Last week, the Big 12 announced the hiring of Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby. It would be nothing less than a stunner if this TV deal didn’t go through as planned given that development.
Not bad for a conference on the verge of extinction two years in a row.
With BCS qualifying status out the window beginning in 2014, the TV deal becomes the primary (if it wasn’t already) metric of conference stability. Based on that, the Big 12 is looking pretty good these days.
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.