SMU gives QB Kyle Padron a release from his scholarship

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Benched after back-to-back interceptions in SMU’s season opener, Kyle Padron didn’t start another game for the Mustangs the rest of the 2011 season.

As it turns out, the quarterback won’t start a game for SMU in 2012 either.

According to the Scout.com website PonyStampede.com, Padron has asked for, and been granted a release from, his SMU scholarship.  Padron and his father confirmed the development via their Twitter accounts.

The school has yet to comment on Padron’s status.

Beginning two-thirds of the way into his freshman season in 2009, Padron had started 21 straight games, including all 14 in 2010.  After the turnover-laden performance in the season-opening loss to Texas A&M, however, Padron played sparingly the rest the season behind J.J. McDermott, and did not attempt a pass after the third game of the year.

If Padron had stayed, he would’ve been competing with Garrett Gilbert, who transferred to SMU from Texas during the season last year, for the starting job.  Gilbert will be enrolling at SMU this summer as a grad student and will thus be eligible to play in 2012.

McDermott will not be involved in the competition as his eligibility has expired.

At this point in time, it’s unclear which school and at what level Padron will to transfer to in order to continue his playing career.

(Tip O’ The Cap: Examiner.com‘s Kevin McGuire)

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.