Reggie Bush reveals true colors — and they ain't Cardinal & Gold

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Back in February, as the NCAA hearing based in large part on his allegedly illegal acts was set to commence, Reggie Bush was a very quotable and vigorous defender of his former football program, staunchly propping up USC with all of the bluster gusto an ex-player could muster in his situation.

“I can’t really speak on [the probe] because of pending things, but I’ve done everything I can and I will defend ‘SC until the day I die. … That’s just because I felt USC was so good to me. … I am USC and I represent USC.”

Now, as the findings — and possible sanctions — from the investigation into his allegedly illegal acts while a member of the football program he would “defend until the day I die” are about to be made public, Bush is once again staunchly standing side by side with the school he is and represents, right?  

Meh, not so much.

“None, just whatever happens, happens,” Bush said when asked by the New Orleans Times-Picayune if he had any thoughts on USC. “What I’m really focused on is where I’m at right now, where I’m at with the Saints’ team right now, and so just really looking toward the future.”

Really Reggie?  

The school you said three months ago you would defend until the day you die could possibly be facing major sanctions — yes, I typed that with a straight face — due in large part to your allegedly illegal acts, and all you have to freaking say is “whatever happens, happens”?

Really?

Here’s a suggestion for a new family crest or coat of arms: it should contain words that rhyme with “schmunk”, “schmass” and “schmitch”.

Oh, and there should be copious amounts of hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and nut drivers interspersed throughout the words.

Yeah, that would pretty much sum Mr. Bush up to a “T”.

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.