Oct 20, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden (left) greets Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher (right) after their game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Rumor Shop: Will James Coley Become Miami's Next OC?

Since the departure of Jedd Fisch, rumors have been churning around the web that current Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley is Miami’s leading target to fulfill their vacancy.

Why would Coley make a lateral move to UM?

The answer is simple: to call his own plays.

You see, Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher calls all of the plays on game day.  If Coley were to head south to Coral Gables, Golden would allow him the freedom to call plays for Miami’s offense.

Coley, a Miami native who attended Miami High, is familiar with the newly hired associate head coach/tight ends coach Mario Cristobal.  Coley spent one season serving as Cristobal’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at FIU.

In an interesting turn of events, the Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro is reporting that “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 loss of Coley would be a big blow to the Seminoles staff.  Coley is considered by many to be an elite recruiter and served as Florida State’s recruiting coordinator in 2008 and 2009 when the Seminoles landed back-to-back top-ten recruiting classes.  Coley was named the top recruiter in the ACC in 2010 by ESPN.

Stay tuned.  This rumor seems to have grown legs.


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