Report connects Mack Brown to SMU opening


SMU has a coaching vacancy. Mack Brown is a former college football coach. Could the two be… nah. Wait, really?

June Jones resigned as head coach at SMU just weeks into the season, and the search for a new head coach with the ability to build a program is on for the Mustangs. Among the potential names on the list for SMU could possibly be the former head coach of the Texas Longhorns, Brown. Bruce Feldman of reports “some well-connected SMU brass are intrigued” about the possibility of luring Brown back to the sidelines.

Of course they would be intrigued about the possibility. Brown brings name recognition to the program and a certain level of respectability to go with it. Brown’s tenure at Texas may have ended on a downslope, but there is nowhere to go but up for the SMU program right now. Brown did not appear to want to resign from coaching at Texas but he eventually stepped aside in Austin to make way for a new leader (which turned out to be Charlie Strong). Brown, now a studio analyst for ESPN, may have some coaching left in him at the age of 63, but would he really be the right candidate for SMU?

Brown’s age likely plays against him for what SMU needs. SMU is in need of a younger coach with a vision to build a program from the ground up. For Brown, the idea of taking on a complete project from the start at his age may not be the most desirable. Larry Coker took on a building project at UTSA at a similar age, so it is not unprecedented. Coker’s Roadrunners have come along nicely as a brand new football program. SMU is far from a brand new program, but it is locked at the bottom of the FBS college football world.

SMU could do worse than Brown, but this seems like more of a hypothetical discussion more than one that will become a reality for SMU.

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.