Gators RB out indefinitely with viral infection

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Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is already out for possibly up to two weeks because of appendectomy surgery, but at least his timetable for return is relatively clear.

Gators running back Matt Jones? Not so much.

Will Muschamp said Thursday that Jones is out indefinitely with what’s being called a “serious viral infection.”

“We’re filling [Jones] full of antibiotics and how his body responds will tell me how quickly he can come back,” Muschamp said, adding that he wouldn’t know “until the end of next week” what the definitive timetable would be.

It’s a tough loss for the Gators right out of the gate, especially since it’s unclear when Jones will be back. The sophomore had 275 yards and three touchdowns last year, but a strong spring had people buzzing about his potential in the backfield this season. His absence likely means more carriers for Mack Brown and Kelvin Taylor during camp — and possibly into the season depending on just how long “indefinitely” turns out to be.

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.