Herschel Walker, on Leonard Fournette: ‘He’s better than I was’

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Suffice to say, Leonard Fournette is the “it” player in college football for the 2015 season.  And rightly so, actually, as the LSU running back’s not only the best player at this level of football but he’s one of the most talented to ever play the game.

Don’t take my word for it, though.  Take it from a man who’s been there, done that.

He’s better than I was,” 1982 Heisman winner and former Georgia great Hershel Walker told TMZ Sports.

That’s quite the statement given the legacy left by Walker in Athens.

Walker rushed for 1,616 yards as a true freshman in 1980, then posted 1,891 and 1,752 yards the next two seasons before leaving the Bulldogs early for the professional ranks.  Speaking of leaving early, PFT‘s Mike Florio stirred up the gumbo Wednesday morning by posting that Fournette, who won’t be eligible for the NFL draft until 2017, should sit out the 2016 season instead of risking injury ahead of what’s expected to be a lucrative pro career.

While not specifically addressing that tack, Walker did have some advice for the young man.

“It’s a bad idea to talk about leaving early, just wait and your time will come,” the ex-Bulldog told the gossip website.

Selfishly, I’d like Fournette to stay in the college game for another two seasons; as it is, Fournette Will Likely play one more season in Baton Rouge and bolt.  Still, the NFL rule barring a player from making himself eligible for the draft before he’s three years removed from high school, which Maurice Clarett infamously and unsuccessfully fought, will be challenged again at some point. And, when it comes to a player like Fournette, who’s as NFL-ready as Walker was as a sophomore, a very compelling case could be made in court.

Interestingly, though, Fournette himself thinks he needs another year mentally at the collegiate level.

Fournette seems to understand what’s best for his situation.  And, for that, we should all applaud him.

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.