Brady Hoke plans to be back in 2015


The Michigan Wolverines failed to reach the postseason for just the third time since 1974. The decline of the Wolverines under the watch of head coach Brady Hoke has been under scrutiny all season long, and Saturday’s loss at Ohio State is expected to be the final nail in the coffin that is Hoke’s job status in Ann Arbor. Hoke, however, is focused on coming back to coach Michigan in 2015.

“That’s what I know right now,” Hoke said following Michigan’s 42-28 loss to the Buckeyes when asked about his plan to return in 2015. Hoke’s fate may not be as promising as he may be planning though. Michigan is already looking for a new athletics director after Dave Brandon stepped down from his position. A new AD would be likely to prefer his or her own football coach, but the timing of this all could actually give Hoke one more season. Michigan could go about a search for a new football coach without a permanent AD replacement, and given the urgency to turn things around on the football field that could still be a realistic option. Michigan named Jim Hackett as interim athletics director, but whether or not the school would let an interim AD conduct the football coaching search remains to be seen.

In Hoke’s first season, Michigan won 11 games and won the Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech. The spark of new energy in the program led to the Wolverines being seen as a resurrected powerhouse. This was quickly put to rest in the season opener the following season, with Alabama pounding Michigan in a season-opening game in Arlington. The decline was on.

Michigan won eight games in the 2012 season, ending with a loss in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina. That game is most memorable for the Jadeveon Clowney hit. Things continued to devolve in 2013, with Michigan winning just seven games and the year ending with a loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Kansas State.

Hoke has started to run out of excuses at Michigan. His best success came with a roster built through the recruiting of Rich Rodriguez. Now the Michigan program is nearly entirely built by Hoke and his staff, and the results have been far from acceptable for Michigan.

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.