Report: UAB shutting down football program


After weeks and months of speculation about the future of the UAB football program, it appears the program has seen its final days. USA Today is reporting the program will be shut down as early as this week.

The end has appeared to be near for some time now. Earlier in November UAB athletics director Brian Mackin failed to issue a commitment to the football program’s future. The concern had been increasing from UAB alums as support for the program from the university appeared to be diminishing. The lack of scheduling future opponents set off red flags and the cost of running the program was becoming a significant issue.

The timing of such a decision comes at a rough time. UAB finally showed some promise this season and managed to become bowl-eligible with six wins. Official bowl pairings will be announced next Sunday, but now you have to wonder if UAB will even send a team to a bowl game or not.

With UAB shutting down its football program, Conference USA will have a vacant spot in its football line-up. The loss of UAB will drop the football membership to 12 members, but Charlotte will be joining the conference in 2015 to bring the football membership up to 13. Conference USA can clearly function with a 13-team football alignment, although having even membership does have some nice benefits when it comes to balance. UMass has played its final game in the MAC and is searching for a more permanent football future. Conference USA might be the best possible option for UMass, unless the American Athletic Conference came calling, but there is no word there is any interest from Conference USA at this time. The impact of losing UAB in football for other sports at the university and in Conference USA remains unknown for now.

UPDATE: Updated to correct Conference USA membership information with addition of Charlotte in 2015.

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.