Buffalo athletic director Mark Alnutt has apparently left quite an impression despite being on the job just over a year in upstate New York.
The former player turned administrator for the Bulls was named on Thursday to the roster of the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee and will be responsible for representing the MAC on one of the sport’s governing bodies.
“I’m very honored to represent UB and the Mid-American Conference on the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee,” Alnutt said in a release from the school. “I look forward to working with the other committee members and the NCAA to continue to advance this sport through enhancing the student-athlete experience.”
Alnutt took over for now-Auburn AD Allen Greene at Buffalo last spring and helped oversee a successful 10 win season with the Bulls under head coach Lance Leipold. In taking over for MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, whose term runs out in June, Alnutt joins a committee that is primarily tasked with, not surprisingly, oversight of both FBS and FCS on a number of fronts. He also previously served on the NCAA Football Playing Rules Committee so the task is certainly not all that out of the ordinary for the veteran administrator.
Alnutt also brings plenty of experience to the committee as a former linebacker and tight end at Missouri. Other appointments to the group are likely to be announced over the coming weeks with four more openings set to take place come July.
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.