Miami returns Josh Gattis as OC after one season

Miami has fired Josh Gattis as offensive coordinator after one season, coach Mario Cristobal announced Friday.

When Gattis was hired a year ago from Michigan, the move was widely applauded. Gattis had just won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach after helping the Wolverines advance to the College Football Playoffs with a balanced offensive approach.

But in his only season in Miami, the results fell short of expectations. Returning quarterback Tyler Van Dyke struggled in the new scheme even before missing three games with a shoulder injury, throwing for 1,844 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions – a far cry from the 25 touchdowns he launched in 2021.

Miami ranked No. 86 in the nation in total offense, averaging 367.1 yards per game. That was down from a top-20 offense in 2021 that averaged 448.8 yards per game. The inability to run the ball compounded the problems, as the Hurricanes are averaging 3.7 yards per carry.

They ended up playing three quarters after Van Dyke got injured and finished the season 5-7.

It seemed clear that changes would have to be made on offense, especially with Van Dyke returning for a crucial junior season, and Gattis wasn’t the only start. Earlier this month, quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Frank Ponce left Miami to return to his former job as offensive coordinator at Appalachia State.

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