Updating what Will Likely be the story of the day in college football, Florida starting wide receiver Chris Rainey was released on his own recognizance following a court appearance on an aggravated stalking charge.
Rainey was arrested shortly after midnight ET Tuesday morning following an incident with his on-again, off-again girlfriend. The junior receiver allegedly sent a text message to the woman that read “time to die”, and also seemed to threaten her after police were called.
Alachua County Judge Denise R. Ferrero ordered Rainey to have no contact with the woman.
The alleged victim appeared in court as well, and indicated that she was not afraid of Rainey and her intention was not to have him arrested. Instead, she’s concerned over the media coverage the arrest has garnered.
“People all over the country have been calling my cell phone,” the woman said. “I’m not afraid of him. I’m more afraid of all the repercussions.”
Of course, that calls into question why a call was placed to 911 in the first place, but that’s something that will presumably be answered as this case winds its way through the legal system.
As of this posting, the university has yet to publicly address Rainey’s legal situation, and attempts to reach school officials for comment have gone unanswered.
UPDATED 12:54 p.m. ET: According to Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, “Chris Rainey is not a part of our team right now.” That would seem to indicate that Rainey has at least been suspended indefinitely, but there’s still been no official word other than Addazio’s on the situation.
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.
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.