Reggie Bush gearing up to recruit Urban Meyer to USC

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You already knew this was coming.  It was simply a matter of when it began in earnest, not if.

Roughly a nanosecond after Urban Meyer announced yet another retirement from coaching in early December, whispers started that USC could be a potential destination when what some consider an inevitable return to the sidelines comes to fruition for the 54-year-old future College Football Hall of Famer.  Meyer himself added to the general speculation when, asked at his retirement press conference if he was finished with coaching, replied, “that’s a complicated question“; nearly a month later, he seemingly left the door open ever so slightly yet again when he stated he doesn’t believe he’ll ever coach again.

Moving forward, it appears at least one Trojans legend is going to do everything in his power to help Meyer kick the unretirement door wide open.

It was announced in mid-March that Meyer, along with former USC stars Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, would be part of a college football pregame show on FOX that will be looking to compete with the ESPN College GameDay juggernaut.  Given the access he’ll have to Meyer, Bush was not shy in declaring that he’ll openly recruit Meyer to come to USC to replace Clay Helton if the current head coach continues to falter.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Bush… said he and Leinart would recruit Meyer to come out of retirement and take the USC job if Clay Helton struggles again this season.

“We’ll definitely be recruiting him,” Bush said. “What makes you think we won’t be recruiters? Nothing is off the table.

“[The Trojans] have to win the division,” Bush said. “This is a put-up-or-shut-up season for them, especially for Clay Helton. I’m looking to see drastic improvements. People have to be held accountable and players have to be held accountable. They have to create an environment there where players really understand the tradition of winning that came before them.

After back-to-back 10-win seasons in his first two full years on the job, Helton stumbled to an embarrassing 5-7 mark in 2018.

Meyer won at least 11 games in six of his seven seasons at Ohio State (he was credited with 10 wins in a 2018 season that saw him suspended for the first three games).  The Buckeyes claimed seven Big Ten East titles, two conference championships and a national championship during Meyer’s time at OSU.  All told, Meyer has won three national titles as a head coach.

In a message to the Times following Bush’s comments, Meyer stated again he “believe[s] I’m done but I’ve also learned to just live in the moment.”

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.