Jalen Tabor, Treon Harris suspended for Gators vs. Vols

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It appears Florida’s secondary will be depleted for Saturday’s game against Tennessee.  And, for that matter, we won’t have to wait until Thursday to find how who’ll start under center as well.

While the university has yet to confirm it, Scout.com is reporting that cornerback Jalen Tabor has been suspended for Saturday’s game against Tennessee for unspecified reasons.  An additional report from gridironnow.com confirmed the Tabor suspension, as well as adding quarterback Treon Harris as another suspended Gator for the same day.

The suspensions reportedly arose from violating unspecified university policies.

Tabor started the first two games of the season before assuming a backup role in the Week 3 win over Kentucky.  He played in all 12 games as a true freshman last season.

Harris started the season opener, but gave way to Will Grier as the starter each of the last two weeks.  There’s also speculation that defensive lineman Alex McAlister has been suspended for the UT game, although that hasn’t been verified by any source.

UPDATED 5:49 p.m. ET: Head coach Jim McElwain confirmed that both Tabor and Harris have been suspended for the UT game.  Those were the only two suspensions announced, and each will miss just one game.

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.