Alabama OT Alex Leatherwood announces return for senior season


It appears Alabama and Alex Leatherwood will have another go-round together.  Barring another bizarre development, of course.

On Twitter early Thursday afternoon, Leatherwood announced that he will be returning to the Crimson Tide for his senior season.  The lineman made the decision after consulting with his parents and Nick Saban.

“I believe that I have more left to learn,” Leatherwood wrote. “I realize that this decision provides me with the best opportunity to become a better player, student and man.  This season did not go the way we planned, but this is not the end for us.

“We have unfinished business to take care of.”

A two-year starter at Alabama, Alex Leatherwood was the Tide’s starting left tackle in 2019.  In 2018, he was the starting right guard.  After being second-team last season, he was a first-team All-SEC selection this season.

The 6-6, 310-pound lineman was also a first-team AFCA All-American in 2019.  All told, Leatherwood has started 28 games during his time with the Tide.

Leatherwood’s decision came a day after the Citrus Bowl win over Michigan.  Alabama is still awaiting decisions from several other draft-eligible players.

The deadline for players filing their draft paperwork with the NFL is Jan. 20.

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.