One of the more interesting sub-plots to this weekend’s epic LSU-Alabama clash revolves around the job status of interim head coach Ed Orgeron.
Many believe that the school is prepared to remove the interim tag if he were to beat the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide and a report from Fox Sports on Friday said even a 3-1 stretch in the final month of the season could be enough to get him the job on a permanent basis.
This isn’t the first time Orgeron has been in position to become the head coach after taking over a team on a temporary basis however. He was the interim coach at USC when Lane Kiffin — coincidentally the Alabama offensive coordinator now — was fired back in 2013 and led the Trojans to a 6-2 record. While many clamored for ‘Coach O’ to get the job as a result of that stretch run, he didn’t and was so disappointed that he bolted on the team prior to their bowl game at the end of the year.
It turns out that the veteran coach still harbors a little bit of resentment at what happened back in Los Angeles and how the school ultimately passed on giving him the job in favor of Steve Sarkisian.
“I’m better off at LSU, I’m with my people,” Orgeron told the Russillo and Kanell radio show. “Maybe I’m not the country club they wanted and, you know what, to hell with them.”
The Louisiana native is certainly more country than country club but it is interesting to hear him say such a thing about a place like USC, which helped him rehabilitate his coaching image after a disastrous tenure at Ole Miss. He’s definitely a better fit at the flagship school in his home state and if he can keep things rolling in Baton Rouge (he’s 3-0 so far since taking over for Les Miles), there probably won’t be similar comments coming out about LSU down the road.
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.
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.