Nevada has every intention of joining Mountain West in '11

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On the same day that Nevada and Fresno State announced they had accepted invitations to join the Mountain West Conference, WAC commissioner Karl Benson said he would attempt to force the two schools to remain in the conference through the 2012 school year.

Suffice to say, Nevada does not see eye to eye with the commish on the departure issue.

According to the Reno Gazette Journal, Nevada president Milton Glick has sent a letter to Benson informing him that his school fully intends to join the MWC following the 2010-2011 school year. Both schools missed the July 1 deadline — one that Boise State slid under in joining the MWC — for leaving the WAC and then verbally agreed to a $5 million penalty for any conference member leaving early, although Nevada never actually signed any documents.

Glick said the date they leave “is not a unilateral decision” and that “the ball is in [the WAC’s] court” as far as leaving and at what price, but laid out the case that it would be much better for all involved to leave sooner rather than later.

“Once you make that decision, everyone is best served by moving on,” he said. “By WAC by-laws we’re no longer a member of the board. For two years we wouldn’t have a seat at the table (if Nevada left in 2012-13). … And once you’ve withdrawn from a conference, to hang out for two years leaves everybody in an unsettled state. I wouldn’t accept the job of president and wait around for two years.

“We’re very enthusiastic about the move. We’d like to get going.”

As we all know, the departures of both Nevada and Fresno State will be determined once one overriding principle has been agreed upon by all sides: money.  Once that happens, each will be free to move about Mountain West country.

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.