OU, UT presidents authorized to pursue all conference options

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That sound you just heard?  The latest expansion domino tumbling thunderously to the ground.

At separate Board of Regents meetings conducted Monday afternoon, and as expected, Oklahoma president David Boren (pictured) and Texas president William Powers received authorization from their regents to take action regarding the respective school’s conference affiliation.

Both of the votes were unanimous.

Boren and Powers were given carte blanche by the regents to determine their school’s conference future, up to and including shifting their conference allegiance from the Big 12 to another league.  Ultimately, however, the regents will need to sign off on whatever moves Boren and Powers decide to make, although the board’s approval is expected to be of the “rubber stamp” variety.

Boren said after the meeting that he’s held “informal talks” with the Pac-12 that have been “constructive”, and that his school is working closely with in-state rival Oklahoma State, which will hold its own regents meeting Wednesday.  It’s long been assumed that OSU is attached to OU’s hip in regards to future conference affiliation.

As far as it concerns OU, and by extension OSU, it’s become almost a foregone conclusion that they will be out of the Big 12 and into the Pac-12 at some point in the not-too-distant future.  In fact, CFT has been informed within the last 24 hours that it now would be considered a huge surprise if OU/OSU did not move their conference affiliation westward; that couldn’t be said a week ago, a source said.

What’s important to us is long term stability,” Boren said Monday. “We don’t want to continue…in situation where the conference has to be evaluated every year.

Boren also couldn’t say with any degree of certainty that OU will be in the same conference as UT.  The Longhorns have been connected to the ACC over the past few days, although that ship appears to have sailed.  It’s believed UT’s preference is to remain a member of the Big 12; the departures of OU and OSU could force their southern neighbor to look to the Pac-12, which has been reported recently to be UT’s ultimate destination by some observers.

Powers, who declined to speak to the media following the meeting, told UT regents that staying in the Big 12 remains an option for the school.

There’s no timeline for a decision from either school, although it’s believed the Oklahoma institutions could apply for admission to the Pac-12 as soon the end of the week, if not earlier.  If UT can resolve issues regarding The Longhorn Network, they, along with Texas Tech, appear likely to follow suit, although that could take considerably longer given the variables the LHN brings to the equation.

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.