Racist video purportedly from OU frat draws Sooner response

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Regardless of your stance on the state of race relations in this country, there should be little argument that it still has a ways to go.

The latest example of just how far?  Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity.  Allegedly.

The website TotalFratMove.com as well as Complex.com posted a 10-second video Sunday that the former describes as being “recorded by an occupant aboard what appears to be a chartered bus full of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members from the University of Oklahoma.” In the video, the frat boys who are allegedly headquartered in Norman are, well, loud and proud with their chants of a certain racial epithet as well as their lynching references.

The video appears below and, depending on where you work, it may not be safe for it.

 

The transcription of the genius prose is as follows, and saved for perpetuity on the off-chance that the video is deleted:

There’ll never be a n*gger SAE [clap clap]
There’ll never be a n*gger SAE [clap clap]
You can hang ‘em from a tree, but they’ll never [inaudible drunken slurred word that was no doubt profound] with me…
There’ll never be a n*gger SAE…

Not surprisingly, the backlash has commenced, not the least of which comes from past and present members of the OU football program:

The following tweet, though, really drives the situation home on multiple levels, and at levels that would likely make a significant number of people uncomfortable — especially as the video surfaced the day after the Selma commemorations.

https://twitter.com/OgboOkoronkwo/status/574737802358714369

In a statement posted to his official Twitter account, OU president David Boren wrote that “If the video is indeed of OU students, this behavior will not be tolerated and is contrary to all of our values. We are investigating.” The national SAE president, Brad Cohen, took to the same social media website to tweet that “The chapter has immediately been placed on a cease & desist. No place for racism. They will be dealt with!” as well as “I know I speak for all when I say I’m disgusted and shocked by the video involving our @sae1856 chapter at Uof OK. They will be dealt with.”

Those tweets came three days after Cohen sent out a congratulatory tweet directed at the same fraternity, prior to that chapter embarking on what appears to be an ill-fated bus trip.

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.