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.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.

Gophers down eight starters for game vs. Boilermakers

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 03: at Ryan Field on October 3, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Minnesota 27-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It would be an understatement of significant proportions to say that the Minnesota football team is banged up.

How banged up?  On his radio show Thursday, head coach Jerry Kill, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported, revealed his team will be down a whopping eight starters for Saturday’s game against Purdue.

Kill’s revelation comes one day after he confirmed a total of 20 players donned non-contact jerseys in practice earlier in the day.

The coach didn’t specifically identify which starters would be sidelined, with the Pioneer Press writing “[t]he known injuries to starters include safety Damarius Travis (hamstring), cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee), tight end Lincoln Plsek (back) and tackle Ben Lauer (knee/hand).”

One injured starter who will play, Kill confirmed, is quarterback Mitch Leidner. While not detailing any specific injury, Kill said Wednesday that Leidner “hasn’t been healthy. He’s been beat up.”

Overall, though, the Gophers’ health, or lack thereof, is bordering on historic.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my 32 years in coaching,” Kill said yesterday. “The toughest thing for me right now is all of these kids that work so hard, and when they get hurt, it kills me. … We are running out of people.”

Coming off an 8-5 season last year, the Gophers are struggling. While they stand at 3-2 after five games, the three wins came by a total of nine points over the likes of Colorado State, Kent State and Ohio. Their second loss — the first was by six to TCU in the opener — was a 27-0 shutout at the hands of Northwestern in the Big Ten opener last weekend.