Former four-star RB Chris James announces transfer from Pitt


Pittsburgh running back Chris James, a sophomore, will be on the move this offseason in pursuit of a new place to call home. The Panthers running back took to his Instagram account Monday to announce he will be transferring out of the program.

“I came to Pitt and instantly developed a love for the city, built relationships that have help mold who I am today,” James said. “Looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. I have to do what’s best for me and that is to move on.”

The decision by James comes as Pittsburgh is undergoing some slight changes to the coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney is leaving the program to take on the same role at Georgia and the Panthers are now searching for a new offensive coordinator to fill the role under Pat Narduzzi. James joins linebacker Jamal Davis and safety Patrick Amara among players deciding to transfer from Pitt since the end of the regular season.

James played in 10 games this season for the Panthers, rushing 56 times for 253 yards without a touchdown. James was most recently listed on the Pitt depth chart as the top backup to Qadree Ollison with James Conner knocked out for the season. Ollison, a freshman, led the Panthers with 1,048 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns this fall. James was a four-star recruit in Pittsburgh’s Class of 2014 out of Illinois. He chose Pittsburgh over offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Arizona State, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin among others.

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.