Lather, rinse, repeat: NCAA report on USC coming Thursday


We know, we know, we know.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Fool me three or four or five times?  Take a sledgehammer to my groin for being an über-dolt.

And, yet, here we are again.

A mere 109 days after the NCAA concluded their hearing with USC regarding the probe into their football and basketball programs, it appears that the NCAA is set to release the results of their findings.  Again.

This time, it’s‘s Joe Schad with the news of an imminent release.

USC penalties will be announced tomorrow,” Schad wrote on his Twitter account.

No further details were given.  Although it is interesting to see that Schad chose to write that it will be penalties that will be announced.

As has been our way of dealing with every case of premature speculation, though, we won’t hold our breath waiting for the report to come tomorrow, next week or sometime around when Reggie Bush‘s kid graduates.  College.

But, eventually, somebody has to nail it, right?  Right???

UPDATE 1:27 p.m. ET: Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports just tweeted the following regarding the release of the NCAA’s findings.  And it looks as, dadgummit, the sucker may indeed be released tomorrow.

“A source says USC expects 2 have a copy of the NCAA’s report in their hands in the next few hours. NCAA & USC press conference tomorrow.”

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.