WATCH: Nick Saban releases PSA, says best way to ensure 2020 college football season happens is ‘listen to experts, follow their guidelines’


If you want to catch the attention of college football fans, especially those in the South, about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, and its potential impact on the upcoming season, there’s no better place to start than with the Alabama football head coach.

Following the lead of the likes of LSU’s Ed Orgeron (HERE) and Texas’ Tom Herman (HERE), Nick Saban on Tuesday issued a public service announcement via the Crimson’s Tide’s official Twitter feed. In a video that lasts nearly 90 seconds, the Alabama football head coach urged “all of you… [to follow] guidelines of social-distancing.”

And when it comes to the 2020 season being played, something that North Carolina’s Mack Brown thinks could be in jeopardy?

“[T]he best and safest way to ensure that happens is to listen to the experts, follow their guidelines,” Saban stated.

Below is the entire text of Saban’s PSA:

First of all, I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. On behalf of our program, we want to give thanks to all the medical professionals and caregivers in our state and across the country in these challenging times.

“Our daily routines have changed dramatically over these past weeks. Our staff is back to work, but we are working from home and obeying all social-distancing guidelines. For Alabama football, the safety of our players and staff is what’s most important.

“We are not having organized team activities of any kind, but we are continuing to communicate and support our players, while doing everything in our power to ensure their health, safety and wellness.

“As we have said to our team, we share the same message to all of you: Please understand the following guidelines of social-distancing. It’s important.

“We ask that everyone please wash their hands often. Stay at home if at all possible. And when you have to be out in public, make sure you keep six feet between you and the nearest person.

“We are in this together. And as one team, we will get through these difficult times. And together, we look forward to all that’s to come, like the opportunity to play college football this fall.

“But the best and safest way to ensure that happens is to listen to the experts, follow their guidelines and take care of each other.

“Stay safe and Roll Tide.

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.