Pryor takes another step toward NFL supplemental draft and hires agent

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Despite an apparent “decent shot” that he could give the UFL a chance, all signs point to former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor moving toward the NFL’s supplemental draft.

Pryor’s attorney, Larry James (yep, that Larry James), announced Monday that Pryor has hired agent Drew Rosenhaus to represent him. The decision makes Pryor ineligible for the 2011 season in the eyes of the NCAA (because, you know, it didn’t look like he was headed in that direction to begin with. At all.) and the university.

“The university declares him ineligible,” James said. “Therefore, that is a prerequisite to being eligible for the supplemental draft.”

Rosenhaus also represents Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco (Johnson?) and former Ohio State running back Beanie Wells.

Pryor, in the middle of mounting allegations against both him and Ohio State, decided to forgo his senior year a week ago and make himself available to play at the next level.

With the ongoing NFL lockout and the possibility that there may not even be a supplemental draft in July, rumors floated about that Pryor might try his hand in either the UFL or the Canadial Football League. However, Pryor has since expressed that he does not want to join the CFL. The Saskatchewan Roughriders acquired the negotiating rights for Pryor on June 9.

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.