Huge blow confirmed: Knile Davis expected to miss 2011 season

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Unfortunately for the Arkansas football program and its fans, their worst fears have been realized.

In a press release, the university announced that running back Knile Davis is expected to miss the entire 2011 season due to a left ankle injury suffered during a scrimmage Thursday.  The specific nature of the injury was not revealed, and there was no mention in the release of whether surgery would be required.

“I am extremely disappointed for Knile,” UA head coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement. “He is a captain who was incredibly focused on the upcoming year. His leadership throughout the offseason was significant in the development of this team. Our athletic trainers and medical staff are the best in the country, and Knile’s mental toughness will be an asset to him during the recovery process. I am fully confident in the mindset of our running back group and their ability to perform.”

Davis suffered the injury on the seventh play of yesterday’s scrimmage when his leg was rolled up on in a pile at the end of a running play.

Last season, Davis led all SEC running backs in with 1,322 rushing yards, and would’ve entered the 2011 season on the fringe of the Heisman discussion for a team with thoughts of contending for the top spot in the SEC West.  With Arkansas replacing Ryan Mallett under center with Tyler Wilson —probably — Davis’ experience and talent were going to be that much more important for the Razorbacks and their chances of taking a step to the next level this season.

That running game burden will now fall on juniors Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo, and makes Wilson’s progression as a starter sooner rather than later all the more important.

Davis is the second top-flight RB the Hogs have lost since the end of last season; in April, Broderick Green suffered a season-ending ACL injury.  Davis and Green were the Razorbacks’ two leading rushers in 2010.

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.