Kentucky OC Neal Brown will reportedly be the next head coach at Troy


Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown will be the next head coach at Troy, according to a report from Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press confirmed the report. An announcement is expected Monday.

Brown spent the past two years as the offensive coordinator in Mark Stoops‘ ongoing rebuild at Kentucky. He’s helped the Wildcats leap 44 spots nationally in yards per play from the year prior to his arrival to now, and jump 47 spots in scoring offense. The Wildcats started this season 5-2 but sputtered to a 5-7 finish, culminating their 2014 season with a 44-40 loss to No. 22 Louisville on Saturday afternoon.

Born March 11, 1980, Brown will be the second-youngest head coach in FBS, trailing only Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck.

After playing at Kentucky and Massachusetts, Brown broke into FBS coaching at Troy – working under Larry Blakeney, the man he’ll be replacing – as an inside receivers coach in 2006. Two years later, Brown became a 28-year-old offensive coordinator at Troy before being whisked away to join Tommy Tuberville‘s staff at Texas Tech in 2010. Brown spent two years in Lubbock before joining Stoops in his native Kentucky.

Troy finished 3-9 in 2014, ending the season with a 42-23 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday afternoon.

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.