Report: Iowa’s Brandon Scherff undergoes knee surgery

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One of the top offensive linemen in the country could be sidelined for a couple of weeks if one report comes to fruition.

According to KCRG-TV’s Scott Westerberg, Iowa’s Brandon Scherff underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a meniscus issue in his right knee. The offensive tackle suffered the injury in the Hawkeyes’ four-point win over Ball State last Saturday.

While the station reported that Scherff would be sidelined for 2-3 weeks, the player later stated that he is “not ruling out the Pitt game [Sept. 20] but is confident in being back for start of” Big Ten play Sept. 27 vs. Purdue. What seems to be not in doubt is that the tackle will miss this weekend’s game against Iowa State.

The school has yet to offer an update on Scherff’s status for the remainder of the month, although head coach Kirk Ferentz is expected to take part in a previously-scheduled conference call early this afternoon.

The senior was a consensus All-American entering the season and is viewed  as a potential top-five pick in next year’s NFL draft.

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.