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Florida State football assistant James Coley leaves for Miami Hurricanes


James Coley

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley is leaving his alma mater for the same job at Miami, where he gets a raise and will call the plays.

Coley, 39, is the sixth Seminole assistant leaving Jimbo Fisher's staff since the end of the season along with the school's football publicist. Fisher's remaining assistants are holdovers from former coach Bobby Bowden's staff: former Seminole players Lawrence Dawsey and Odell Haggins, and offensive line coach Rick Trickett.

Coley was the lead recruiter of the South Florida area for FSU, so his hiring could be a boon for UM two weeks before national signing day. He spent the past three seasons as FSU's offensive coordinator but in a name-only capacity. He helped set the weekly game plans and sat in the press box while Fisher executed the full play-calling duties.

Coley, who will also coach the quarterbacks, reportedly will make $500,000 at UM after making $335,500 at FSU. A 1997 FSU graduate, he grew so close to the old Orange Bowl that fans used to park on his lawn while attending Hurricanes and Dolphins games.

um investigation: The Miami-based attorney at the center of the latest developments in UM's NCAA investigation said she did nothing wrong. Maria Elena Perez, who represents former Hurricane booster Nevin Shapiro, said she's the NCAA's "patsy" as the governing body launches an internal probe into its Miami investigation. On Wednesday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said there were major issues with the investigation into recruiting and compliance based on actions taken by a member of its enforcement staff and Shapiro's attorney. One question: How testimony was obtained during Shapiro's bankruptcy depositions. Perez said she did not work in collusion with NCAA investigators: "Everything I did was above board."

UCF APPEAL: The Knights presented their case to have a one-year postseason ban in football overturned. There is no timetable to receive a ruling. It is the lone penalty UCF challenged as part of sanctions levied in July for major recruiting violations in football and basketball.

Ex-Gator: Sophomore defensive back De'Ante "Pop" Saunders said he has enrolled at Division I-AA Tennessee State after transferring from Florida.

LSU: Coach Les Miles gets an annual increase of $549,000 a year, to $4.3 million, in an extension through 2019 that was announced last month.

Purdue: John Shoop reportedly will be named offensive coordinator. He was out of coaching last year after five seasons as North Carolina's coordinator. Shoop was Bucs quarterbacks coach in 2004.

Florida State football assistant James Coley leaves for Miami Hurricanes 01/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:21pm]
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