Northwestern players lose union ruling from NLRB

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Northwestern football players will not be allowed to form a union. That is the ruling from the National Labor Relations Board, overturning a previous decision to allow football players at Northwestern to unionize in an unprecedented development around college sports.

In a 16-page document outlining the board’s latest findings, it was determined the players’ petition “would not promote uniformity and stability in labor relations.” The union would have allowed Northwestern football players to bargain over policies in the NCAA that would, as reported by Bloomberg, “would potentially upset the balance of competition.”

Because the union movement has now been shut down by the NLRB, the ballots among Northwestern football players voting on whether or not to pursue a union will never be revealed. It will also allow some around the NCAA and various institutions to rest a little easier knowing they will not have to deal with a union within their athletic departments. Some experts and analysts have suggested and argued a union movement could cripple the sport of college football, with some universities even flirting with the possibility of abandoning football at the highest level.

Whether or not the union at Northwestern would have spread enough to damage the sport of college football will now no longer be something that needs to be evaluated. This does not necessraily mean we have heard the last of the idea of players — sorry, student-athletes — seeking more ways to be treated a bit more fairly around college sports. The fights will continue in one form or another even without a union at Northwestern.

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.