Gamecock QBs struggle as competition’s pared by one

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We don’t know quite yet just who will trigger South Carolina’s offense, but we do know who it won’t be.

Earlier this week, USC officials confirmed that Brendan Nosovitch has asked for, and been granted a release from, his Gamecock scholarship. The move comes a short time after he was listed fourth on the team’s spring depth chart.

It also comes roughly eight months after Nosovitch had considered transferring from the football program, but ultimately opted to stay with the Gamecocks.

Nosovitch was a three-star member of USC’s 2012 recruiting class who has attempted two passes in his career, with both of those coming in 2013. In 2014, he moved from QB to tight end, although he mainly saw action on special teams.  The Pennsylvania native switched back to quarterback to start the spring, although he lagged behind the other three in a competition that’s expected to extend into summer camp.

The trio of remaining contenders vying to replace Dylan Thompson under center are redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch, the presumptive favorite, redshirt freshman Michael Scarnecchia and redshirt junior Perry Orth.  Those players struggled mightily in a scrimmage Saturday, completing a combined 10-of-22 passes for 121 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.

Not surprisingly, the Ol’ Ball Coach didn’t mince many words when summing up that subpar effort.

“The quarterbacks, none of them shined. It was not encouraging on the offensive side. … Connor Mitch held the ball too much at times and threw late at times, as did all of them,” head coach Steve Spurrier said in quotes distributed by the team. “But the protection probably wasn’t all that super at times either. Hopefully we can learn from it. The offense did a lot better [Friday] than they did [Saturday], but the defense did better than they did [Friday]. We’ve got a lot of work to do, a lot of improvement to do.”

Lorenzo Nunez will enter the quarterback fray this summer as a true freshman. A four-star member of the Gamecocks’ 2015 recruiting class, Nunez was rated as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 26 player at any position in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com.

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.