After losing 23-0 at home to a struggling Texas program, Kansas has decided to cut ties with head coach Charlie Weis. On Sunday morning, Kansas athletics director Sheahon Zenger has relieved Weis of his head coaching duties, the school confirmed on Sunday.
The termination is effective immediately. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen will take over the Kansas program as interim head coach. This will allow Kansas to get a jump on the coaching search. It will be guaranteed to be a national search and will probably include a search committee, which appears to be the norm these days.
In 28 games as head coach of Kansas, Weis had gone 6-22. His overall coaching record dropped to 41-49 including his time at Notre Dame. This probably means we have seen the last of Weis as a head coach. If you cannot cut it at Kansas, you are going to have a tough time getting another head coaching job. The future of Weis appears destined to be the life of an offensive coordinator.
Where will Kansas go from here? Kansas being in the Big 12 will only make the coaching job attractive to a few coaches looking to climb up the coaching ladder, but the job is a tough task to take on. Kansas is not going to be attracting any high-profile coach, so it would be more likely the Kansas job ends up going to a coach from a Group of Five program looking to get in the power conference mix or to grab an assistant coach with some flair.
Kansas has to find a coach capable of building a program more than anything else, because the Jayhawks have nowhere to go but up. Grounding the program on defense in the wide-open Big 12 would be advisable, but Kansas will also need to find some help on offense as well.
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.