Texas sets future home-and-home series with Florida, Arizona State

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The Texas Longhorns have announced two future home-and-home series with power conference opponents from the SEC and Pac-12. Headlining a handful of scheduling announcements on Friday were dates for future games against the Florida Gators and Arizona Sun Devils.

Florida will host Texas on Sept. 30, 2030. The Gators will travel to Austin to face the Longhorns following season on Sept. 6, 2031. The two schools have not faced each other since playing in Gainesville in 1940. The only other two meetings between Florida and Texas occurred in 1924 and 1939.

After the home-and-home series with Florida, Texas will move on to a home-and-home arrangement with Arizona State beginning in 2032. Arizona State will host Texas on Sept. 11, 2032, and Texas will host the second game the following season on Sept. 10, 2033. The series has just one previous meeting between the two schools with Texas winning the 2007 Holiday Bowl, 52-34.

On top of the latest home-and-home games, Texas also announced future home games against UTSA and UTEP on alternating years for an eight-year stretch from 2024 through 2031. From the Texas scheduling release;

UT will host UTSA on Sept. 14, 2024, Sept. 19, 2026, Sept. 16, 2028 and Sept. 14, 2030. UTEP will travel to Austin on Sept. 13, 2025, Sept. 18, 2027, Sept. 15, 2029 and Sept. 13, 2031. The Longhorns also added one additional home game with UTSA on Sept. 17, 2022, and had a previously scheduled meeting with UTEP on Sept. 19, 2020, which makes it five total games versus each of the two in-state opponents. Texas and UTSA have never met, and the Horns hold a 5-0 advantage in games versus UTEP, four of which were played in Austin.

But wait! There’s more! Texas will also host Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference on Aug. 31, 2024. It will be the first scheduled meeting between the two schools since Texas won a home game in 1975 by a score of 46-0. Texas also announced a future home-and-home deal with USF for 2022 (Tampa, FL) and 2024 (Austin, TX) has been canceled. However, a future home game with USF, with former Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong, is now on for Sept. 5, 2020.

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.