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.