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Iowa-Northwestern set for Wrigley Field

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CHICAGO (AP) 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 Tuesday that the Wildcats' home game would 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.


Iowa OC Brian Ferentz has deal amended

Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz is taking a pay cut as part of a new contract that will reward him if the Hawkeyes average 25 points and win at least seven games next season - and make it easier to fire him if they don't.

The athletic department on Monday released an amended contract for Ferentz, Iowa's offensive coordinator since 2017. The son of head coach Kirk Ferentz has been a frequent target of criticism for nepotism and because of the Hawkeyes' lack of production the past two years.


Duggan quiet; Haener star at Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Maryland's Chris Ryland kicked four field goals and Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener passed for 139 yards and a touchdown to lead the National team to a 27-10 victory over the American team in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

Haener, named the game's MVP, delivered a 44-yard touchdown pass to Stanford receiver Michael Wilson in the fourth quarter. He thrived on a short-handed quarterback situation for the team, completing 12 of 19 passes after setting a Fresno State career record with a 68.1% completion rate.


Alabama to hire Notre Dame's Rees as OC

Alabama is hiring Notre Dame assistant coach Tommy Rees to be its offensive coordinator, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was being finalized and still needed university approval.


South Carolina suspends three freshmen

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Shane Beamer said freshmen Monteque Rhames II, Anthony Rose and Cameron Upshaw were suspended from the football program.

There was no reason given for the suspensions in the school's statement Friday. Online records showed Rhames, 18, was booked last night and was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on charges of carrying weapons on school property and obstructing justice.


Clemson staff gets extensions, raises

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson's board of trustees approved raises for special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Mike Reed and defensive tackles coach Nick Eason on Friday.

Reed and Eason also received one-year extensions keeping them tied to the Tigers through Jan. 31, 2026.


Star WR Smith to return to Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Star receiver Ainias Smith is returning to Texas A&M for another season.

Smith announced on Twitter on Thursday that he'll return for a fifth season after breaking his right leg in Texas A&M's fourth game last season.


Rules changes create recruiting chaos

The first Wednesday of February used to be the biggest day on the calendar for college football recruiting. Now it is an afterthought.

The December signing period, which is now when nearly all major prospects finalize their plans, is still relatively new but is causing enough headaches for busy coaches that many are trying to think of an alternative.


QB Rashada to ASU after Florida NIL flap

The opening of college football's traditional signing period for high school prospects brought an apparent end to two of the cycle's most notable recruitments.

Blue-chip quarterback Jaden Rashada, who signed with Florida in December and then asked to be released from the commitment when a name, imagine and likeness deal fell through, announced Wednesday he is going to Arizona State.


Napier doesn't expect Rashada inquiry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Billy Napier provided little insight Wednesday into how and why the Gators lost four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada, but said he doesn't expect it to prompt an NCAA investigation.

Napier sidestepped several questions about Rashada, who signed with Florida in December only to be granted his release a month later following a failed name, image and likeness deal worth more than $13 million. Napier repeatedly said NCAA rules prohibited him from providing details.

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