Well this is certainly an interesting development.
At his press conference prior to the start of spring practice, head coach Jim McElwain acknowledged that a pair of his players, wide receiver Antonio Callaway and quarterback Treon Harris, haven’t been a part of the Florida football team since January. Moreover, neither will participate at all during the 15 spring practice sessions.
McElwain didn’t divulge whether the pair were suspended, although he did say they continue going their schoolwork. “That’s the last we’ll talk about it,” the coach added.
Last season in his first year with the Gators, Calloway led the team in receiving yards (678) and tie for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (four). His 19.4 yards per catch led the squad, and 35 receptions were good for third.
At the end of the regular season, he was named to the All-SEC Freshman team.
Harris started the 2015 season opener, but gave way to Will Grier — with a suspension thrown in for good measure — until Grier was himself suspended in October for the remainder of the season. Harris then started the last eight games of the year, with the Gators going 4-4 in that span. Including in that stretch were three losses to close out the year by an average of nearly 25 points per game.
In early February, it was reported that the program was considering moving Harris to wide receiver.
With Grier transferring and Harris’ status up in the air, it appears a former Alabama and Oregon State quarterback has the (very) early edge in what will be a wide-open competition that Will Likely stretch into summer camp.
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.