Report: Big East officials to vote on raising exit fees Friday

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After at least one previously unsuccessful attempt, Big East officials will ask member presidents to approve a change in the leagues bylaws that would require a school to pay at least three times its annual income from the conference’s TV revenue streams in exit fees, the Sporting News reports.

That teleconference is set for Friday.

The Big East’s exit fees are currently set at $5 million; under the league’s current TV deal, the new amount would reportedly be somewhere between $15 million and $17 million.

Big East presidents had been unable to agree on a number for the conference’s exit fees during an Oct. 2 teleconference, and the inability by the Big East to secure its membership through conference bylaw modification has caused hesitation by such programs as Boise State and Navy to join.

The Big East had previously authorized an expansion that would double the conference’s football membership to 12 teams.

“Navy has been consistent since Day One, and this is in no way a slight to whoever they are thinking about. The question remains about the anchor six (schools) that need to get together and determine if they’re going to remain focused in being the backbone of what that conference needs to be,” said Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk.

Because of the tentativeness by Boise State and Navy, it appears the Big East will concede to raising its exit fees as a prerequisite to expansion. However, 75 percent of the league’s current members must approve the proposal. That hasn’t happened so far.

Rutgers and UConn have made it known they were looking at potentially leaving the Big East for another conference if they were wanted; West Virginia has been connected to the SEC, but perhaps more realistically, to the Big 12 if they were to expand back to 12 members.

A source told the Sporting News that Louisville, also considered a candidate for the Big 12 if the conference expands, may decline to participate in Friday’s call.

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.