Michigan’s leading tackler sidelined indefinitely with torn ACL

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Yep, Michigan fans. You can say it: Ugh.

The Wolverines announced Wednesday that 2012’s leading tackler, linebacker Jake Ryan, is out indefinitely with an ACL tear he sustained during Tuesday’s practice.

“You always hate when anyone gets injured and unfortunately we’ve dealt with our share of injuries in the last 12 months,” said coach Brady Hoke. “We will support Jake to make sure he has everything he needs to get through this.I know he will attack his rehabilitation just like he does everything else and will be back when he’s ready.”

Ryan recorded 88 tackles last season, 56 of which were solo. He also had 16 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Those numbers were good enough to be rewarded with second-team All Big Ten honors.

Needless to say, his loss is a big one. How long he’s out will be a question Wolverine fans will be seeking an answer to for some time. Recovering from a ligament tear can take in the ballpark of six to nine months. That could put Ryan back on the field by the early part of the season, assuming he ends up on the shorter end of the recovery timeline.

But that’s a big (and dangerous) assumption.

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.