Jeremiah Masoli suspended for entire 2010 season

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In a press conference broadcast live on GoDucks.com, head coach Chip Kelly announced the punishments for three of his players involved in legal incidents this offseason.

And the second one he announced during the presser was a somewhat unexpected bombshell that has the potential to shake-up the collegiate landscape in 2010.

According to Kelly, starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli — the All-Pac-10 quarterback who would’ve appeared on several preseason Heisman Watch lists — has been suspended for the entire 2010 season.

Masoli pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery earlier this afternoon.

Kelly said that Masoli has a redshirt year available to him if he chooses to come back to the team, but reiterated that Masoli will not be on the field in in a Ducks uniform in 2010.

(Of course, Kelly said the same thing about LeGarrette Blount last year, so, OK.)

Running back LaMichael James and kicker Rob Beard have been suspended for the season opener for their legal issues the past couple of months.  There’s a chance that James could be suspended for a longer period of time if he does not stay in line with a program that will be set up for him.

Obviously, though, the big news is Masoli being suspended for the entire 2010 season.  

Needless to say,. we’ll have more on this as the events develop…

UPDATE 8:42 p.m. ET: Oregon President Richard Lariviere has released a statement on the “situation” the Oregon football program finds itself in this evening:

“The University of Oregon expects all of its students to be responsible, law-abiding members of our community. Recently, several UO student-athletes admitted that they failed to meet these basic expectations and, as a result, they will face consequences.

“I have discussed with Coach Kelly the serious nature of the criminal situations for these young men. I am confident that Coach Kelly has carefully and fairly considered the disciplinary actions he is imposing. I know that he understands the high expectations of Oregon’s faculty, students and fans.”

Miami fires offensive coordinator Josh Gattis after 1 season

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami fired offensive coordinator Josh Gattis on Friday, ending the former Broyles Award winner’s time with the Hurricanes after only one season.

The school announced the move in a one-sentence press release, with no other detail: “Josh Gattis has been relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator, Miami head football coach Mario Cristobal announced Friday,” read the release, sent from a university spokesman.

The Hurricanes went 5-7 in Gattis’ lone season. He was brought in by Miami only a few weeks after winning the 2021 Broyles Award – given to the nation’s top assistant coach – while serving as Michigan’s offensive coordinator and helping the Wolverines reach the College Football Playoff.

But Miami’s offense, for a number of reasons, failed to meet expectations in 2022. Part of that was injuries; starting quarterback Tyler Van Dyke battled a shoulder injury, and the Hurricanes turned to Jake Garcia – who has since transferred – and Jacurri Brown for much of the season.

Miami scored 100 points in its first two games last fall, overpowering Bethune-Cookman and Southern Miss. The Hurricanes averaged only 18.3 points the rest of the way, and finished the year 5-0 in games where the defense allowed no more than 14 points – but 0-7 when opponents scored more than 14.

Miami was 86th nationally in total offense last season, averaging 367.1 yards per game, and 97th in scoring offense.

Gattis played at Wake Forest and worked at North Carolina, Western Michigan, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Alabama and Michigan before coming to Miami.

Audit: LSU discovered $1M overpayment to Kelly in 2022

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BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU accidentally overpaid Tigers football coach Brian Kelly by $1 million during the first year of a 10-year, $100 million contract, but discovered the error and has moved to correct it, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office said Wednesday.

Kelly was overpaid $1,001,368 in supplemental payments in 2022 because duplicate payments made both to Kelly’s LLC and to the coach directly.

The double payments began in May and continued until LSU officials detected the errors in November.

“LSU management and the head football coach have enacted an adjusted payment schedule so the amount of overpayment will be recouped by the conclusion of fiscal year 2023,” the Legislative Auditor’s report stated.

Kelly, who previously coached at Notre Dame for 12 seasons, was hired by LSU after the 2021 season, when the Tigers went 6-7 for its first losing season since 1999.

LSU exceeded expectations in Kelly’s first season in Baton Rouge, winning the SEC West Division and finishing 10-4 after a 63-7 victory over Purdue in the Citrus Bowl.