Ex-FBI director Freeh named to Penn State investigation

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Nearly two weeks after announcing a complete investigation into the policies and actions — or inaction as the case may be — in place at Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal, details into just who will be a part of that probe began to emerge Monday.

The school’s board of trustees announced this morning that former FBI director Louis Freeh will be a part of the special investigative committee that will attempt to answer several questions that have arisen in the past two-plus weeks, including the university’s response to allegations at least some officials had become aware of as far back as 1998 involving Sandusky and the sexual abuse of minors.  Freeh said during today’s press conference that the scope of the investigation will reach back even further, with the committee looking into activities that go as far back as the mid-seventies.

Sandusky, the former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month on 40 counts related to the sexual abuse and rape of eight boys.  Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier have already lost their long-time jobs as head coach and president, respectively, while athletic director Tim Curley is on paid administrative leave after being arrested on charges connected to the Sandusky case.

On Nov. 8, the trustees announced that the special committee had been “commissioned to determine what failures occurred, who is responsible and what measures are necessary to insure that this never happens at our University again and that those responsible are held fully accountable.”

The 61-year-old Freeh served as the director of the FBI from 1993 through 2001.  In May of this year, he was hired as an independent investigator into the bribery scandal that rocked international soccer body FIFA.

In addition to Freeh, former astronaut and Penn State graduate Guion Bluford was named to the panel.

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.