Report: Big East to have expansion conference call


Just as quickly  as the Big East lost Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC, it appears the conference will also lose TCU to the Big 12. News broke this morning that Big 12 presidents and chancellors decided to extend an invite to TCU, and all signs point to the Horned Frogs accepting that invite. The Big 12’s Board of Directors have unanimously decided (minus a non-vote from Missouri) to grant all first and second-tier TV rights to the conference, and TCU has alreadyagreed to that concept.

With TCU very likely on its way out before it ever really started, the Big East is left scrambling with six football members to try and find enough replacements to keep the conference alive.

Pete Thamel of the New York Times writes this evening that an emergency teleconference has been scheduled with presidents of the remaining football members, sources with knowledge of the situation said. Air Force, Navy, East Carolina, Temple and Central Florida have all been mentioned as possible candidates.

While the Big East is hoping to expand, the primary issue continues to be loyalty. Three members have left the conference within a matter of weeks and three more — UConn, Rutgers and West Virginia — have made it clear their intention is to find the best opportunity available, even if it’s not in the Big East; Louisville has also emerged as a serious candidate for the Big 12 in case Missouri decides to leave.

If Big East presidents indeed hold a teleconference tomorrow, expansion will merely be a temporary plug in what is quickly-sinking ship.

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.