Gators, Tide battling for Boise coordinator

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Florida hasn’t had very many big SEC wins the past two seasons on the field, but they may have just earned a significant one off of it.  Maybe.

Rumors came to light earlier Friday that Florida and Alabama were competing for the services of Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease.  According to the Idaho Statesman, Pease has decided to leave the Broncos and is considering job offers from Florida and Alabama.  The Statesman writes that Florida is considered the favorite to land Pease.

Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun subsequently tweeted that it “[l]ooks like Brent Pease [is the] new Florida OC“, although UF head coach Will Muschamp texted Dooley “nothing done” on the coordinator front shortly thereafter.

None of the schools involved in the Pease speculation have announced or confirmed any move/hiring.

If the reports are accurate, this would actually mark the second time Pease has left Boise in a little over a year.  In late December of 2010, Pease, then BSU’s wide receivers coach, was hired as Indiana’s coordinator.  Less than two weeks later, after OC Bryan Harsin left for the same job at Texas, Pease left the Hoosiers to come back to the Broncos as the coordinator.

The 47-year-old Pease has been a member of Chris Petersen‘s coaching staff since 2006, and has previously been a coordinator at Baylor and Kentucky.   The Statesman notes that receivers coach Robert Prince is expected to replace Pease.

UPDATED 4:49 p.m. ET: According to Dooley, Pease is in Gainesville today speaking with Muschamp, and will head to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday — the day after the BcS title game — to speak to Nick Saban.

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.