Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will enter the 2015 NFL Draft

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Perhaps the least surprising announcement from the class of underclassmen has finally been made. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will forgo his senior season in Eugene and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Mariota is widely expected to be among the first players chosen in the draft, and could end up being the first pick in the draft. One of the top two quarterbacks in a relatively light quarterback draft, Mariota will not last very long as one NFL franchise will look to make him their next face of the franchise.

Mariota leaves behind quite a legacy at Oregon, although it is one that ends without a national championship victory. Mariota led the Ducks to the first College Football Playoff championship game following a victory over defending BCS national champion Florida State in the Rose Bowl, but Mariota and Oregon were defeated by Ohio State for the national championship in the first season of the new playoff format. Mariota does leave Oregon as the owner of multiple passing records for the school and the Pac-12. Mariota owns the Pac-12 records for most career touchdowns with 135, a single-season passing record for yards (5,224 yards in 2014) and touchdowns (58 total touchdowns in 2014) as well as the Pac-12 freshman touchdown record with 32 touchdowns in 2012. He will forever be regarded as one of the most accurate passers in Oregon and Pac-12 history, owning the Pac-12 record for most pass attempts without an interception.

Mariota accumulated over 13,000 yards of total offense, including nearly 11,000 through the air. He also owns the school record for passing touchdowns with 105 and the single-season passing touchdown record with 42 in 2014.

Mariota has been invited to participate in the Senior Bowl but has yet to accept an invitation. It is expected he will do so to participate in the game and fill a roster spot.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently hold the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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.