Troy head coach Larry Blakeney will retire at the end of the season


This will be Larry Blakeney’s 24th and final season as Troy’s head coach, the school announced on Sunday. Blakeney informed his team and staff following practice on Sunday night.

The school will hold a 10 a.m. CT press conference Monday to make the move official.

Blakeney, for all intents and purposes, is Troy football. Taking the job following the 1990 season, Blakeney saw the program rise from Division II upon his arrival through three years as a Division I-AA (now FCS) independent, a half-decade in the Southland Conference, one more year as a I-AA independent, a two-year transitional period as a I-A (now FBS) independent, and then finally to the Sun Belt Conference in 2004. Blakeney even saw the program through a name change, as the Trojans dropped “State” from their name upon admittance into the Sun Belt.

The Trojans experienced immediate success upon arrival in the Sun Belt, appearing in the Silicon Valley Bowl in their 2004 debut and running of five straight years of shared or outright Sun Belt titles from 2006-10.

The program stagnated from there, though, going just 14-27 since the beginning of the 2011 season, including an 0-5 mark to begin 2014.

Overall, Blakeney is one of seven active FBS coaches with 175 career wins, and needs one victory to tie Auburn’s Shug Jordan for third most in the state of Alabama.

Prior to getting the head job at his alma mater, Blakeney was a longtime assistant at Auburn and prior to that forged a successful career as an Alabama high school football coach.

With Blakeney’s retirement, Troy becomes the third FBS program to announce a coaching change for the 2014 season, following June Jones‘ resignation at SMU and Charlie Weis‘ dismissal at Kansas.

Oddly enough, the move comes after a Trojans bye week. Troy took Oct. 4 off after losing dropping its Sun Belt opener 22-20 at Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 27. The Trojans host New Mexico State on Saturday.

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.