Update: Holgorsen to ink six-year deal with Mountaineers

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The confirmations of Dana Holgorsen moving from Oklahoma State to West Virginia are now pouring out at a prodigious clip, all but assuring what began as mere speculation is all but a done deal.

Both Tulsa World and the Charleston Daily Mail are reporting that Holgorsen is expected to become the Mountaineers’ offensive coordinator for the 2011 season, then take over as head coach in 2012 after Bill Stewart steps down.

The Daily Mail also reports that Holgorsen and athletic director Oliver Luck worked out the arrangement last week and are working toward finalizing the specifics of a contract.  There does appear to be some dispute regarding Stewart, however; the Charleston Gazette reported that Stewart would accept an arrangement that included Holgorsen as a coach-in-waiting, while the Daily Mail writes that “Stewart is not comfortable with having an offensive coordinator forced upon him and could resist working with a coach-in-waiting.”

CFT can also confirm that the parameters of a deal are in place with Holgorsen, and that Stewart is indeed “very pissed off” as to how this went down — i.e. the involvement of boosters and months-long back-room dealings — and, as of this morning, was resisting having a coach-in-waiting foisted upon him.

It would seem that any resistance on the part of Stewart would be futile given the spate of reports and whispers coming out of Morgantown, however, and could expedite the current head coach’s move to another position within the athletic department, where the Daily Mail writes Stewart is headed once he steps down following the 2011 season.  It should be noted that this is not a done deal with Holgorsen and there’s certainly a chance it could far through, but “it’d take an unexpected setback” according to the people we’ve spoken with.

Finally, the Austin American-Statesman is reporting that Holgorsen will sign a six-year deal with WVU — one year as offensive coordinator, then five years as head coach.

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.