Auburn trustees approve proposal for club seating upgrade to Jordan-Hare Stadium


Auburn’s plans to provide some upgrades to Jordan-Hare Stadium appear to be coming along quite smoothly this week. On Friday, the Board of Trustees gave the green light to a proposal to spend $12 million to renovate the existing press box into much more profitable club box seating. On top of that, the university received the single largest financial gift in school history from a donor to go toward the fund-raising to the renovation project focusing on the south end zone.

The press box renovation would modify the stadium’s existing media area and convert the space into premium and club space seating, which in turn would turn a nice revenue stream for the university and athletic department moving forward. While the press box is going to be relocated to the southwest corner of the stadium, a spot that will be guaranteed to draw some criticism from those nitpicky and self-righteous media types, the current booths for coaches and TV broadcasts will remain where they are currently placed.

This is a project that could cause some slight issues during the football season, as the project is expected to commence this summer and conclude prior to the first kickoff of the 2018 season.

The $5 million donation came from the family of Raymond Harbert and Kathryn Harbert. The two serve as co-chairs on a campaign to promote Auburn University and have made significant contributions to the university in the past as well.

“Auburn University and Auburn Athletics has been an important part of my family’s life” Harbert said. “We want to see Auburn thrive on all levels – academically and athletically.  Recruiting is the life-blood to building successful teams. Kathryn and I are pleased to invest in a project that will build on Auburn’s history of attracting top-talent.”

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.