There is no official word yet confirming a decision, but multiple reports on Monday suggest the end is possibly coming for Les Miles as head coach at LSU. A day after a report suggested a $15 million buyout would not stand in the way of LSU boosters having their way with showing Miles the door in Baton Rouge.
One report from Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports says LSU is prepared to make the move. Another report from ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad says there is a “good possibility” LSU buys out the contract.
“In Louisiana, we expect national championships, and we’re not in it,” one source said to Schad for his ESPN report. Per Schad’s report, LSU boosters have already agreed to pay between $15 million and $20 million to buy out the contract.
LSU has won two national championships since 1959. One came under current Alabama head coach Nick Saban. The other came with Miles as the head coach, and Miles took the Tigers to a second national championship game appearance as well. It was just a few weeks ago LSU was in prime position for a spot in this year’s College Football Playoff, but since then the Tigers have lost three straight games to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss.
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.