Charlie Weis says ‘it’s highly doubtful I will ever coach again’

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(I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way for ya: “Again? That would intimate he’d already coached before.”)

It appears that fans won’t have Charlie Weis to kick around again, at least not in person.

As the 2014-15 spinning of the coaching carousel seems to be (very, very) slowly winding down yet again, it doesn’t appear there will be a spot for Weis on it.  Since being fired as head coach at Kansas in late September, there’s been nary a whisper connecting Weis’ names to any openings, head coaching, coordinating or otherwise.

That appears to be just fine with Weis, who, in an interview with the South Bend Tribune‘s Eric Hansen, indicates that he very well could be hanging up his coaching whistle permanently.

I think it’s highly doubtful that I will ever coach again,” Weis said, before going a little deeper into the “r-word” talk..

“People a lot of times retire for the wrong reasons.  I enjoyed working. Now I probably won’t work 110 hours a week, but I don’t know how to do anything where I don’t dive in. I just can’t tiptoe my way through, I have to give it my best shot.

“And that’s exactly what this next stage of my life is going to get.”

If this is indeed the end of Weis’ coaching career, his legacy will certainly be a complicated one left tattered because o the past several years. Most people won’t remember his successful stint as an NFL offensive coordinator; rather, his legacy will be tied to failed head-coaching jobs at Notre Dame and Kansas, with one disastrous year as the coordinator at Florida sandwiched in between.

After going 19-6 in his first two seasons with the Irish, including a pair of BCS bowl bids, Weis stumbled to a 16-21 mark — and one bowl bid — the next three years before being fired at the end of the 2009 season. In a two-plus seasons with the Jayhawks, Weis went 6-22 — 1-18 in Big 12 play — before being fired after the fourth game of the 2014 season.

It would be a rough note on which to end a coaching career, but don’t shed any tears for Weis.

When it’s all said and done, Weis will be paid nearly $25 million by Notre Dame and Kansas for the non-work he performed after he was fired. Per the terms of the buyout in the first contract, Weis has been paid by the Irish every year since his dismissal in 2009 — the last installment of roughly $2.1 million will be paid in 2015 — and will receive nearly $19 million from the South Bend university for his post-Irish days. On his KU deal, Weis will receive a $5.625 million buyout, payable between the time he was fired and Dec. 31, 2016.

In 2015 alone, Weis will be paid a total of $4.6 million to not coach. That total would’ve made him the sixth-highest-paid head coach in college football in 2014, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban ($7.1 million), Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio ($5.6 million), Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops ($5.05 million), Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($5.006 million) and Texas’ Charlie Strong ($5 million), and just ahead of Ohio State’s national championship-winning coach Urban Meyer ($4.5 million).

One silver lining for those athletic departments shelling out that kind of money for a coach who isn’t coaching?  He’s apparently putting a sizable portion of it to good use.

“Obviously, it’s well-documented, people know every dollar that I’ve made, because everyone writes about it all the time,” Weis began, before getting to the charitable works the buyout money has allowed him to dive into.

“But what it’s done for me and Maura is that it’s allowed us to be philanthropists and really do well by the special needs community. As far as this new job, I know there’s a lot of travel involved and a lot of learning. But this is new territory for me.

“One of the things people thought, when I left Notre Dame, ‘Well that’s it for Hannah and Friends,’ that we were just going to bail out of here. We’re completely the opposite of what those thoughts are. We’re totally committed. My daughter is already taken care of. She’s all set. We just think we can do a lot more.”

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.