Saban may have staff holes to fill in near future


Even with all coaching tumult going on around the collegiate landscape, it’s been (relatively) quiet on the Alabama front when it comes to other school’s raiding Nick Saban‘s staff.

Offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was reportedly one of three finalists for the Colorado job but, besides that, there was not much in the form of speculation to suggest there would be much if any Tide turnover.

That, however, could change sooner rather than later.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that McElwain is again receiving interest, although this time it’s for the same position at Texas.  The Chronicle writes that the Tide’s current coordinator is one of a handful of candidates being considered to replace Greg Davis, who stepped down from his long-time post earlier this month.  McElwain isn’t the only coach Saban has to worry about possibly replacing, however.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, and citing a source familiar with the situation, outside linebackers coach Sal Sunseri is actively pursuing the coaching vacancy at Pittsburgh.  Sunseri is a former Pitt player and coach, and his son is currently the Panthers’ starting quarterback, provided he survived being tossed under the bus by one of his receivers of course.

It’s unclear if Pitt is reciprocating Sunseri’s interest.

Additionally, the News reports that wide receivers coach Curt Cignetti has interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Kent State.  Saban is a KSU alum, and the school’s athletic director reportedly called him seeking advice on replacing Doug Martin.

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.