James Coley

Coley bolts ‘Noles for ‘Canes coordinator job.


Last night a report surfaced that James Coley was considering leaving his offensive coordinator post at Florida State for the same job at Miami.

A day later, the mulling is over and, yes, Jimbo Fisher has lost yet another assistant coach.

The Hurricanes announced via a press release Thursday afternoon that Coley has been hired as The U’s offensive coordinator.  Additionally, he will carry the title of quarterbacks coach.

While no financial details were released, it was reported yesterday that the offer to Coley was for $500,000 annually.

“We’re excited about adding James Coley’s leadership, expertise and passion to our staff and Miami Hurricane Football,” head coach Al Golden said. “I’ve been an admirer of his offenses output and execution, his commitment to student-athlete development as well as his relentless approach to recruiting Dade and Broward counties.

“Coach Coley will be a great asset to the University of Miami and we welcome him, his wife Kenia and their two children back to South Florida.”

Coley is expected to call plays as Miami’s coordinator.  At FSU, play-calling duties were handled by Fisher, which is likely one of the more significant factors behind the move.

Coley, who just completed his fifth season with the ‘Noles, will replace Jedd Fisch, who left for the same job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

With Coley’s departure, Fisher has watched as six assistants have left since the end of the 2012 regular season.  In addition to Coley, quarterbacks coach Dameyune Craig, defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot, running backs coach Eddie Gran, linebackers coach Greg Hudson and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops have moved on to other programs.

Stoops took the head coaching job at Kentucky, taking Eliot along with him as defensive coordinator.  Hudson (Purdue) and Gran (Cincinnati) left for defensive and offensive coordinator positions, respectively, while Craig returned to his alma mater Auburn for the dual title of co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.