James Coley, a former coaching associate of UK head coach Mark Stoops during their time together on the Florida State staff, has been offered the position, according to sources close to AllWildcats. Staff writer Patrick Loney first reported the news Monday afternoon.
The source could not confirm whether or not Coley had decided to accept the position. A source at UK said the position has not been officially offered to date. Technically, all university positions must be posted for seven days before any official action.
Coley was thought to be a top candidate for the job when Stoops was originally hired by UK in December of 2012, but the position was eventually filled by Texas Tech's Neal Brown. The latter was introduced Monday morning as Troy University's new head coach after spending the last two seasons in Lexington.
Coley, 41, has been the offensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes the last two years. He was with Florida State from 2008-12 and has previous college experience at LSU (2003-04) and Florida International (2007). He also spent 2005-06 with the NFL's Miami Dolphins.
Coley's offense at Miami averaged 29.9 points per game and ranked 48th nationally at 431 total yards per game, 251.1 through the air and 179.9 on the ground. Stoops has long maintained he desires a balanced offensive attack with the ability to run the ball when the game dictated it.
A Miami native, Coley is also known for his strong recruiting ties in talent-rich south Floria.
Coley is among an early list of rumored candidates that also includes Cincinnati's Eddie Gran, East Carolina's Lincoln Riley and Murray State's Chris Hatcher.
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