Arkansas, Memphis schedule 2-for-1 series

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They’ve done it without the approval of UCF AD Danny White, but Memphis has scheduled a 2-for-1 series with Arkansas, announced on Monday.

Memphis will host the first game, on Sept. 20, 2025, while making return trips to Fayetteville on Sept. 19, 2026 and Sept. 9, 2028. The Razorbacks and Tigers have met five times previously, but none in Fayetteville; the Hogs’ two home games were played in Little Rock. All five previous games occurred over a 6-year stretch from 1992-98; Memphis won the first three, while Arkansas took the most recent two.

“I am excited for our fans throughout Arkansas and extending into Memphis that this series has come to fruition,” Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. “Based on the proximity of the two institutions and their respective fan bases, I believe these games will generate tremendous interest. I want to thank Allie Prescott for his efforts and diligence to finalize the agreement that Tom Bowen and I began discussing a few months ago.”

The schools are located roughly four and a half hours apart, a 320-mile drive down Interstates 40 and 49.

“We are all aware that our fans have asked for more of these types of games on our football schedule,” Memphis interim AD Allie Prescott said. “It’s important for us to find ways to keep our fan base energized about the future of our program under Coach Norvell’s leadership, and this is a great step in that direction. We’re excited to resume this series with a Mid-South foe and look forward to starting the rematch here in the Liberty Bowl in 2025.”

Arkansas has only one game already scheduled in 2025-26 and ’28–Notre Dame’s first trip to Fayetteville, on Oct. 4, 2025. Memphis has two road trips slated for 2025: to Georgia State on Sept. 6, and to Troy a week after that.

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.