Family matter forces East Carolina QB Gardner Minshew to withdraw from school


East Carolina will have to bounce back from a 3-9 season in 2017 without its starting quarterback. The program announced Tuesday evening that signal caller Gardner Minshew has withdrawn from school to tend to a personal matter in his home state of Mississippi.

“Our full support is with Gardner and his family during this time,” Pirates head coach Scottie Montgomery said in a statement. “He’s been an asset and a leader in our program, but our first priority is to be there for him today, tomorrow and the days afterward. The door will certainly remain open for him to return to ECU, and when it’s appropriate for us to talk about football again, we will do so.”

As a junior last season, Minshew connected on 174-of-304 attempts (57.2 percent) for 2,140 yards with 16 touchdowns against seven interceptions in 10 appearances and five starts. The Brandon, Miss., native ranked fifth in the American among all players with at least 300 attempts with a 129.13 efficiency rating. He won a national championship with Northwest Mississippi Community College in 2015 before joining the ECU roster the following year.

Minshew set an AAC record by completing 52-of-68 passes for 463 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in a 52-27 loss at Houston on Nov. 4.

East Carolina also loses senior Thomas Sirk, a graduate transfer from Duke, meaning that rising sophomore Reid Herring is the most experienced returning quarterback on the roster. He threw one pass last season.

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.