Second LSU player suspended in a little over a month by Ed Orgeron


A bumpy offseason for the reigning national champion LSU football team has continued.

Following an arrest on a weapons charge in late January, Donte Starks was indefinitely suspended by the LSU football program.  Tuesday, Ed Orgeron confirmed that quarterback Peter Parrish has been indefinitely suspended by the Tigers.  The only reason given was an unspecified violation of team rules.

The Baton Rouge Advocate wrote that “Parrish hasn’t been with the team ‘for a while,’ Orgeron said, and was not with the team during off-season workouts following the program’s national championship win in mid-January.”

Parrish was a four-star member of the Tigers’ 2019 recruiting class.  The Alabama native was rated as the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback in that year’s class.  His true freshman season, Parrish didn’t see the field.  That will allow him to enter the 2020 season as a redshirt freshman.

Myles Brennan will continue as the overwhelming favorite to take over as the starter under center.  Prior to whatever issue led to the suspension, Parrish had been seen as the likely No. 2 option to Brennan.  A pair of true freshman early enrollees, TJ Finley and Max Johnson, are also on the roster as well.

Coming off a national championship, it will be a season of change for Orgeron’s LSU football squad.  And we’re only two months into the offseason.

Assistant Joe Brady, widely credited with turning LSU’s 18th-century offense into a modern-day, record-setting powerhouse, left to become the offensive coordinator for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.  Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, considered one of the best in the sport, is now the head coach at Baylor.  On top of that coaching upheaval, LSU also lost nine players to early entry into the 2020 NFL Draft.  And Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow is out of eligibility as well.

In mid-February, it was confirmed that the top two signees in the LSU football Class of 2020 would miss some or all of spring because of shoulder surgeries.  Earlier this month, the LSU football program announced that Dare Rosenthal had left the school for personal reasons.  It’s expected, though, that the favorite to take over as the Tigers’ starting left tackle will return to the team in the summer.

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.