Tennessee defensive lineman Danny O’Brien has a deal with the state of Tennessee to have some charges stemming from an arrest last week dropped, but he’ll have to work for it. O’Brien was ordered to 40 hours of community service over the next six months to have charges related to possessing a fake ID, resisting arrest and underage drinking dropped. He must also submit to an alcohol assessment.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, if O’Brien completes his community service and stays out of trouble, all charges will be dropped at his next hearing. That hearing is currently scheduled for August 14. Former linebacker Dontavis Sapp (pictured) will have his charges dropped under similar circumstances as well. Both players had to pay court costs as well as part of the agreements in place.
Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson has a court appearance scheduled for Friday. It seems optimistic he will be able to work a similar agreement.
Earlier this month O’Brien, Sapp and Johnson were among seven football players cited for various alcohol-related offenses after police were called to check on a disturbance at an apartment in Knoxville.
As far as football is concerned, O’Brien and Johnson are still a part of the team, and their position on the roster does not appear to be in great jeopardy. As long as they avoid any other legal troubles, that should remain the case for the Vols.
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.