DeLoss Dodds on A&M: ‘Everybody wants them to stay’

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The series of meetings that could very well determine Texas A&M’s future conference affiliation began today as the Big 12’s athletic directors and presidents met by teleconference to discuss the Aggies’ role in league.

We won’t know everything that was said, or if everyone was in attendance, but one of the main points that Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds made sure to point out afterward is that the nine other Big 12 members felt A&M was valuable to the overall strength of the conference.

Everyone wants them [A&M] to stay” said Dodds, courtesy of tweet from Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman after the meeting. “We’ve been playing them for more than 100 years. Its’ hard. Is A&M leaving for sure? I don’t know that.”

And we may not even know Monday when A&M’s Board of Regents meet to discuss, among other things, Authorization for the President to Take All Actions Relating to Texas A&M University’s Athletic Conference Alignment.” What seemed like a race by A&M to counter the Texas House of Representative’s Higher Education Committee’s Aug. 16th meeting to air out “matters pertaining to higher education, including collegiate athletics“, has now been downgraded from Threat Level: Midnight to, well, something less serious?

I don’t know; that was an “Office” reference.

Getting back to this issue at hand, it may be difficult for Big 12 representatives to convince A&M to stay at this point — provided the SEC even wants the Aggies. There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding a possible conference realignment apocalypse, but the one area of almost absolute clarity is that A&M does want to move on from the Big 12.

And that’s after the NCAA essentially sided with A&M over high school broadcasts on the Longhorn Network, which was really the supposed reason A&M was all bent out of shape in the first place. We’ve been told A&M officials and those from the SEC have been speaking occasionally since last June, so it’s entirely possible A&M’s disgruntlement over the high school broadcasts was merely a mask for a much deeper resentment.

If that’s the case, an assorted fruit basket from Big 12 officials with a personal apology note from commissioner Dan Beebe may not be enough to keep the Aggies from leaving.

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.