Temple looking to schedule Hawaii game… this season

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Thanks to its move to the Big East earlier this year, Temple was left with just 11 games on its 2012 schedule, one below the norm.

Less than a month and a half before the regular season grinds to a halt, the Owls are still searching for that elusive 12th game.  As it turns out, though, they may be on the verge of finding a last-minute partner.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that Hawaii has been approached by the Owls in regards to playing an early-December game against the Warriors at Aloha Stadium.  A Temple source confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer that there have been conversations about a game that, if it were to come to fruition, would be played Dec. 8.

UH would only confirm that there have been talks between the two institutions.

“It’s very far from a done deal,” acting athletic director Rockne Freitas told the Star-Advertiser. “We’re going through the due diligence.”

While the Warriors already have 12 games scheduled, an NCAA bylaw permits Hawaii — and anyone who plays Hawaii on the islands — to play 13 games a season.  The school has already received clearance from the Mountain West for the additional game, although they’ve yet to get a thumbs-up from the NCAA.

For its part, the Owls are looking at the postseason as reason to fill the hole in its schedule.

Sitting at 3-3 on the season, the Owls would need to win three of its last five games to become bowl eligible.  Those remaining contests consist of home games against 5-1 Cincinnati and Syracuse as well as road trips to Pittsburgh, No. 16 Louisville and Army.  Getting three wins out of that grouping would be highly unlikely, although two would certainly be plausible, making a game against one-win Hawaii all the more appealing.

Temple would not directly address their attempts to add a 12th game against Hawaii.

“One of the challenges we had in joining the Big East was going from eight conference games to seven,” AD Bill Bradshaw told the Inquirer. “And we worked diligently to schedule a 12th game.”

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.