Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley has been mentioned in connection with the vacant OC job at the University of Miami, and Warchant.com reported today that Coley has been offered the position. Coley, who currently makes just under $400,000 per year at FSU, has been a part of the Seminoles' coaching staff since 2008.
Although Coley carries the title of offensive coordinator, he holds that distinction in name only. Coach Fisher handles game day play-calling duties for the 'Noles, while Coley assists from the press box. Coley has one year of play-calling experience at the collegiate level, having served as offensive coordinator at FIU in 2007 under former Panthers head coach Mario Cristobal (who is now on the Miami staff).
Coley's ability to call plays is somewhat of an unknown, but he has established himself as an ace recruiter -- especially in South Florida. Were Coley to jump ship to the Hurricanes, it could have a negative impact on FSU's 2013 recruiting haul and provide a late boost to Miami's class.
Coley is a native of Miami and a Florida State alum. For Coley, the move could mean a chance to call plays as well as a significant salary bump.
The Seminoles have already lost five assistant coaches since the end of the 2012 regular season.