Florida State has officially lost its sixth assistant coach in less than a five-week span. Former offensive coordinator and tight ends coach as well as recruiting coordinator James Coley has decided to become the offensive coordinator at Miami.
Neither school has made an official announcement at this point regarding the move.
Coley will reportedly receive a substantial bump in pay for his new position from $335,000 at FSU to $500,000 per year in Miami. Additionally, Hurricanes head coach Al Golden has promised Coley to have full control of the offense.
Coley has been alongside Jimbo Fisher's side for the majority of his career; he spent two years as an offensive assistant for Fisher at LSU, one season as the offensive coordinator at FIU, and the last five seasons under Fisher at FSU.
Although Coley has spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Seminoles, its no secret that Fisher is the actual play-caller. Fisher said earlier this year that when he first took the head coaching position he had a five-year plan to eventually delegate those duties. With Coley gone, he will now be forced to look elsewhere.
Although Coley is a Florida State graduate, he will be returning home to South Florida where he grew up just a couple miles from the Orange Bowl.
The loss of Coley will be felt almost instantly by the Seminoles as Coley has been the lead recruiter on many of their class of 2013 recruits and commits.
Not only does Fisher now have to find a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, but he has to find someone who can recruit the South Florida area having lost his two best recruiters in that regard. Coley and former running backs coach Eddie Gran were two of the best at recruiting the area.