Oregon loses WR Devon Allen for the year to ACL tear

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Oregon’s self-inflicted 35-32 loss to Nebraska became retroactively worse Monday when it was revealed speedy wideout Devon Allen has been lost for the year due to an ACL injury, according to a report from Duck Territory.

The injury came on a non-contact play as Allen attempted to cover a punt during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s tilt, and Duck Territory reports Oregon’s medical staff feared an ACL injury at the time.

Allen will be evaluated again Monday, according to the site.

If it is indeed an ACL tear for Allen, that’s the second such injury in less than two calendar years. He first tore an ACL during the Ducks’ Rose Bowl win over Florida State on Jan. 1, 2015.

Head coach Mark Helfrich addressed the injury Sunday by not addressing it.

“We don’t have any confirmations, which obviously is not a good thing,” Helfrich said. “We’re going to have to wait until tomorrow [Monday]. We’ve got some preliminary stuff on a few guys, but nothing concrete.”

Allen has a lot riding on his knees after winning the U.S. trials in the 110-meter hurdles before going on to finish fifth at the Rio Olympics.

The junior has caught 54 passes for 919 yards and eight scores in his career.

Update: The program has confirmed the injury to Allen and offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby.

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.