Gator arrested for ‘resisting with violence’

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After an arrest-free period of nearly four months, a member of the Florida Gators football program has found himself with a bit of a legal situation with which to deal.

According to the Gainesville Sun, linebacker Dee Finley was arrested for resisting an officer with violence and driving with a suspended license.  The sophomore spent the night in jail and will appear in court Tuesday morning.

The resisting charge is a third-degree felony, but, with über-UF attorney Huntley Johnson on the case, expect that serious of a charge to disappear post-haste.

Finley’s arrest stemmed from an incident Monday in which the player was pulled over — he was driving a scooter — by university police.

According to the UPD report, Finley was pulled over after he drove his scooter around a barricade at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. When asked for his license and registration, Finley refused to give the information, saying he was late, according to police.

Finley then started his scooter and tried to leave the scene, but officer William Sasser grabbed Finley by the wrist and refused to let him leave. Finley pushed Sasser’s hand away. At that point, the officer threatened to use a Taser on Finley and Finley complied when asked to put his hands behind his back.

The university is aware of the arrest, with a UF spokesperson telling the Sun that head coach Will Muschamp “will handle the matter.”  The paper notes that incidents such as these usually results in a suspension.

Finley has played in both Gator wins in 2011.

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.