Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley could be on the verge of turning in the garnet and gold for green and orange.
Multiple sources close to Coley told The Miami Herald on Wednesday afternoon that the 39-year-old Miami High and FSU graduate has been in discussions with University of Miami coach Al Golden to fill the Hurricanes’ vacant play-calling position. Coley has told several people close to him he has been offered the job and is now weighing whether to accept it.
Coley, who makes $390,000 to prepare the game plans for the Seminoles before head coach Jimbo Fisher calls the plays on game days, was offered $500,000 to become UM’s next offensive coordinator, a source said. The source said that although FSU matched the offer, Fisher told Coley he is not going to give up his play-calling duties.
Coley was offered the offensive coordinator position at Kentucky in December but turned it down. He has been looking to get the opportunity to call plays on game days.
Former UM offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch left the team over the weekend for the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Coley called plays for FIU in Mario Cristobal’s first season as coach in 2007 and then moved to FSU, where he has worked as the tight ends coach, recruiting coordinator and most recently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Coley has always had strong recruiting ties to South Florida throughout his career, and his addition to UM’s staff would be a boon two weeks before National Signing Day.
At Miami High from 1998 to 2000, Coley coached future NFL players in Roscoe Parrish and Andre Johnson. He then served as the offensive coordinator at Miami Norland when Dwyane Bowe and the Vikings won a state title in 2002. He was then a grad assistant at LSU under Nick Saban for two years before moving on to the Dolphins with him for two more years.
At FIU, the Golden Panthers finished just 1-11, but the team was coming off an 0-12 season and was in the process of rebuilding when Coley left to join the Seminoles.