Dukes of Hazzard-esque stunt nets felony for Michigan DT

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Have we mentioned that college football coaches really don’t like this time of the year?

Reason No. (insert large # here) comes courtesy of Michigan’s Will Campbell, who is now facing a pair of charges thanks to an incident that occurred in early April.

According to AnnArbor.com, the defensive tackle was arraigned Thursday for a felony charge of malicious destruction of property worth more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 and a misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction of property worth more than $200 but less than $1,000.  He was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

While the felony charge is certainly ominous sounding, the fact that the the 6-5, 322-pound lineman was essentially doing a modern-day Bo and Luke Duke impersonation tends to make one think that charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor when all is said and done:

According to Ann Arbor police, Campbell was arrested after attempting to slide across the hood of a vehicle at 2 a.m. on April 7 in the 600 block of Church Street. An officer in the area could hear the sheet metal on the hood of the car buckle under Campbell’s weight — he’s listed at 322 pounds — and arrested the senior, police stated.

Campbell was intoxicated, according to police.

Campbell’s attorney said Campbell’s actions were a misdemeanor at worst.  The school has not yet addressed Campbell’s situation.

A five-star member of the Wolverines’ 2009 recruiting class and the top player in the state of Michigan that year, Campbell has failed to even remotely live up to the hype that greeted him upon his arrival in Ann Arbor.  While he’s played in 38 straight games, he was moved from the defensive line to the offensive line midway through his sophomore season, then moved back prior to the start of the 2011 season.  He’s also played extensively on special teams throughout his three years.

In the 17 games during which he’s played defensive line, he’s been credited with eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.  Despite the lack of production thus far, and thanks in large part to attrition at the position, though, the senior’s expected to be part of UM’s line rotation in 2012.

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.