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Coley bolts ‘Noles for ‘Canes coordinator job.

James Coley

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.

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11 Responses to “Coley bolts ‘Noles for ‘Canes coordinator job.”
  1. cubano76 says: Jan 24, 2013 4:13 PM

    Wow, that’s a lot of coaches Jimbo has lost there. Interesting.

  2. cubano76 says: Jan 24, 2013 4:14 PM

    BTW, that guy has some sweet hair! Sure wish I had hair…..

  3. atxcane says: Jan 24, 2013 4:50 PM

    Sinking ship in Miami:
    0 draft eligible juniors declare for the draft.
    McDonald replaced by Christobal.
    Fisch replaced by Coley.

    Yep, everyone is running for the hills.

  4. blakeowen13 says: Jan 24, 2013 4:53 PM

    Not a good hire for Miami. One year as an offensive coordinator calling plays at UCF or FIU one and that team went 1-11 and had one of the worst offenses in the country. Maybe he was hired for recruiting. He is pretty good at that

  5. jimmy53 says: Jan 24, 2013 5:43 PM

    Not as much a huge loss for the Noles as it is a suspect hire by the Canes. They replaced an NFL bound coordinator with a decent recruiter with a very shoddy OC record (see: FIU 1-11 record).

    As for the FSU coaching turnover this year–every coach left for more money and a promotion. Success will do that…(see: Alabama and Pruitt, Sunseri, Dooley etc).

  6. canetic says: Jan 24, 2013 5:54 PM

    I’m not thrilled by this move. We’ll see how it goes. Should help recruiting.

  7. atxcane says: Jan 24, 2013 7:04 PM

    For all the naysayers: Coley is a *sharp* up-and-comer. He’ll be a HC in 5 years IMO.

    Saban didn’t bring him from LSU to the Dolphins for his recruiting prowess.

  8. digit960 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:25 PM

    There goes blakeowens13 again spewing out nonsense. It’s fairly obvious that you have no idea what you are talking about. Dude, get a clue, seriously.

  9. houndofthebaskervols says: Jan 24, 2013 8:11 PM

    What in thee hell is going on at FSU? Hell I live in N. Fla and dont know a single Florida State fan that can explain this to me. This is like the Dooley Departures from 2011. Oh well, I just dont think Jimbo is much of a coach.

  10. jimmy53 says: Jan 25, 2013 1:06 AM


    I don’t know what Nole fans you’re asking, but most of us would tell you that every single coach that every coach left for more money and a promotion. Success will do that…

    Jimbo took a 7-6 team to a 12-2 ACC Champion–BCS bowl winning team in three years. I’ll take that kind of progress.

  11. canehouse says: Jan 25, 2013 10:14 AM

    I am thrilled with the hire… Welcome to the U Coach Coley… and welcome back to sunny South Florida!!

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