Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has no doubt CFB will start on time in August

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Eternal Clemson optimist Dabo Swinney sees sunshine for college football come August.

Speaking to reporters in a Zoom conference call on Friday, the Tigers head coach was emphatic that the upcoming college football season would be played as scheduled despite growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic either pushing back dates or cancelling the season altogether.

“I don’t have any doubt. I have zero doubt that we’re going to be playing and the stands are going to be packed,” Swinney said. “I’ve got one plan, and that’s to get the Tigers ready to play in late August, early September.”

Swinney, as he is wont to do, has even created an acronym to share with players about getting through this difficult time.

The ACC has suspended all athletic activities since mid-March so Clemson coaches have been checking in on players virtually. While that has kept those like Swinney busy, he’s still found time to help clean up around his house and spend time with his wife and kids.

The bottom line is that nobody knows what the future holds with COVID-19 putting the sports world — and the larger world around it too — on hold for the time being. It should be no surprise to hear that the always upbeat Swinney thinks things will get back to normal on schedule in college football though.

Only time will tell, however, if the coach of the likely No. 1 team in 2020 will get his wish to see Death Valley rocking for the hope opener against Louisville on Sept. 12. Until then, we’re all going to have to, well, bring our own guts to battle this virus and turn the tide if kickoff is to come as scheduled this fall.

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.