And cue the 'fire Greg Davis' demands for Texas

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Light the torches and wrangle up the mob. The anti-Greg Davis movement is coming on strong (again). The much-maligned offensive coordinator for Texas has faced some unkind words this season, but now the chants for a different direction are getting even louder.

Losing 28-21 to Iowa State was like ripping off a scab for Texas. It’s painful, but it also shows the wound that lies beneath. Even with Texas’ 34-17 win over Rice in week one, there were glaring wounds with the Longhorns’ offense.

No running game. No o-line. Questionable play-calling. The list goes on.

Eight weeks later, those weaknesses haven’t been fixed at all. Maybe it was Maybelline, but the win over Nebraska a week ago merely covered up Texas’ offensive struggles. In no way did it fix them.

So, today, when Texas fell at the hands of what was supposed to be a vastly inferior opponent, familiar grumbles reverberated through Texas’ capital city.

The Longhorns were simply out-played and out-coached and therein lies the problem.

Davis didn’t make Garret Gilbert throw three interceptions, but he was responsible for only six points through three quarters and an abysmal showing in the redzone.  Texas actually out-gained Iowa State on offense by 80 yards, but points matter most and, in the end, Texas didn’t have enough of them.

Statistically, Iowa State had one of the worst defenses coming into today’s game. The Cyclones ranked 104th in points allowed, but luckily for them, Texas’ offense has been equally as bad.

Let’s be clear: Texas’ media-anointed “defense of the millennium” didn’t do much to help the cause today, either. Still, the offense at some point has to win some games. That’s something they haven’t been able to prove yet and it’s something they may not.

Perhaps the scab will reform over Texas’ wounds; the Longhorns will certainly be licking them today. Just how long, though, will it be before the scab is ripped off again?

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.