There were many things at which to marvel in this year’s SEC championship game. In the interest of time, we’ll choose one: Alabama’s 350 yards rushing. The Tide’s offensive line paved the way for Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon to rush for 181 and 153 yards, respectively.
All of that is even more remarkable when you consider Alabama’s cornerstone along the O-line, center Barrett Jones, was playing with a foot injury. Jones suffered the injury to his left foot — the nature of the injury hasn’t been made official yet — in the first quarter, but played the entire game.
He left the field early just before halftime, but came back out to start the second half. Jones was seen on crutches after the game.
“I knew my teammates needed me,” Jones said. “It never crossed my mind to come out.”
Jones, an All-American, will have just over a month to let his foot heal before the BCS championship game, projected to be between the Tide and Notre Dame.
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.