Bizarre Instagram post raises questions about Dylan Moses returning to Alabama

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When it comes to Dylan Moses and his return to Alabama, the situation has taken a sharp turn toward the bizarre.

In late August, Moses suffered what turned out to be a torn ACL.  Obviously, the linebacker missed the entire 2019 season after surgery.  This past Monday, Moses announced that, “[a]fter much thought and prayer, my family and I have decided that the best decision is for me to return to Alabama and finish my college education.”

An odd, to say the least, message on that same Instagram account Thursday, however, indicated that a final decision won’t be made until Jan. 20.  That’s the NFL-mandated deadline for draft-eligible players to file their paperwork.

“We are aware that Mr. Moses has recently given an unadvised commitment to return to the University of Alabama,” the message, attributed to Moses’ father, attorney Edward Moses, stated. “However, under the provisions of the trust, his majesty is not allowed to make unilateral decisions.”

The player’s father began the missive by describing himself as “Trust Protector of the Royal Crown.” In the spring of last year, Moses, the player, obtained a “Loss of Value” insurance policy to protect him in case an injury impacted his draft position.

“We are investigating whether he has a compensable ‘loss of value’ claim against his insurance carrier, Lords of London,” the message continued, presumably referring to Lloyd’s of London. “We also represent his interests during negotiations with the University of Alabama to insure and secure the proper protections for his return back to the University of Alabama’s football team for his senior season.”

 

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At this point, it’s unclear if the statement is real or merely someone’s attempt at humor.  Thus far, Alabama has declined to comment on the development.

As a true sophomore in 2018, Dylan Moses earned second-team Walter Camp All-American honors at Alabama and was named second-team All-SEC by the conference’s coaches.  The five-star 2017 signee was also a finalist for the Butkus Award, handed out annually to the nation’s top linebacker.

Entering summer camp, Moses earned first-team preseason All-American honors from a handful of outlets.

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.