Report: Holgorsen to WVU as OC, will take over for Stewart in ’12


Rumored to be the leading contender for the Pittsburgh job, it appears that Dana Holgorsen will instead head to bitter rival West Virginia and ultimately become their head coach.

Culminating 24 hours worth of rumor, innuendo and speculationMitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette is reporting that the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator will take the same job with the Mountaineers for the 2011 season, and then take over for Bill Stewart as WVU’s head coach in 2012.

Stewart has reportedly agreed to this set-up and will remain the Mountaineers’ head coach through the 2011 season.

The Gazette‘s source also reports that the entire defensive staff will be retained, but offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen will not be regardless of whether he gets the Kent State job or not.  One name we’ve been told to keep an eye on as it relates to Holgorsen is Arizona co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, who could be in play as part of a revamped Mountaineers offensive coaching staff.

CFT has placed multiple calls to WVU sources and we’ve yet to confirm that Holgorsen has agreed to a for-now lateral move from the Cowboys to the Mountaineers.

Apparently, however, something on the Holgorsen front could — and should, one way or the other — become official within the next 24 hours.

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.