BYU set to tuck tail, return to Mountain West?


With just five days remaining until a Sept. 1 deadline to inform the Mountain West of their 2011 intentions, there could be a thaw in the week-long news icing of BYU’s conference status.

Natalie Meisler, the Colorado State beat reporter for the Denver Post, reports that BYU is leaning toward remaining in the MWC and that the impasse between the two sides could be resolved as early as Thursday.  This information comes from a number of (unnamed) sources, Meisler writes.

That latest bit of news comes as a surprise to BYU associate athletic director Duff Tittle, whose name I will never grow weary of typing and will look to cram into even non-BYU posts.

Nothing has changed. BYU continues to explore all of its options. Eventually we’ll do what’s best for our program,” Tittle told both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune.

Reached by the Tribune Wednesday night, officials at two MWC schools would neither confirm nor deny the Post‘s report

As recently as a week ago, MWC commissioner Craig Thompson said his conference was “feeling better today about the possibility BYU stays” after reports surfaced that the school would strike out on its own in football and join the WAC in all other sports.  Those reports/rumors forced the MWC to reach into the WAC and pluck Nevada and Fresno State from its ranks, thus forcing BYU to have second thoughts about joining a six-school conference.

Since that “very good recent dialogue“, there have been very few indicators as to which direction the Mormon school may ultimately go.

One of the main — perhaps the main — issues for BYU seems to stem from the MWC’s paltry television deal with Versus and the CBS Sports Network.  Schools currently pull in somewhere in the neighborhood of just $1.5-$2 million annually on the football side; with a state of the art television network situated on campus, it’s believed part of BYU’s goal of football independence was flexibility in that arena was/is to both utilize that facility and maximize their brand in a network deal with an entity such as ESPN.

Thompson stated last week that the conference recognizes BYU’s concerns regarding the television situation, and has expressed “a willingness to work through some TV issues” with the school.

How far the conference is willing to bend over backwards for BYU Will Likely determine exactly where BYU is in 2011 and beyond.

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.