Throughout the day, KSR is profiling who we’re hearing are the top candidate for UK’s offensive coordinator position. So far, we profiled ECU OC Lincoln Riley, Murray State’s Chris Hatcher, and Cincinnati OC Eddie Gran. Next up: Miami offensive coordinator James Coley.
Current position: Offensive coordinator/QB coach, Miami
Alma Mater: Florida State
Current salary: $500,000
2013 – present: Offensive Coordinator, Miami
2013 – present: Quarterbacks Coach, Miami
2010 – 2012: Offensive Coordinator, Florida State
2010 – 2012: Tight Ends Coach, Florida State
2008 – 2009: Tight Ends Coach, Florida State
2008 – 2009: Recruiting Coordinator, Florida State
2007 – 2007: Offensive Coordinator, FIU
2007 – 2007: Quarterbacks Coach, FIU
Offensive philosophy: Pro-style
Coley’s offense is pro-style with no-huddle that he’s dubbed the “tempro” offense (pro-style + up tempo). The offense has a strong focus on tight ends, which should make incoming freshman CJ Conrad pretty happy; however, Coley is not a fan of the “dink and dunk” Air Raid style throws, so it would be an adjustment for the current players. Coley is one of the best recruiters in the country, ranking 17th in 247 Sports’ Recruiter Rankings (for comparison, Eddie Gran is 310th, Tim Beck 430th, Lincoln Riley 410th). He’s got four 4-star commitments in the 2015 class so far: S Jaquan Johnson, RB Jordan Scarlett, QB Dwayne Lawson and RB Mark Walton.
Current offensive statistics:
Total offense: 48th, 431 yards per game, 5,172 total (2,159 rushing, 3,013 passing), 6.77 yards per play
Passing offense: 47th, 251.1 yards per game, 208-358 (58.1%) for 3,013 yards total, 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions
Rushing offense: 50th, 179.92 yards per game, 406 carries for 2,159 yards total and 18 touchdowns, 5.32 yards per carry
Through his own eyes:
Coley wore Google Glass during Miami’s spring game. See the plays from this awkward perspective:
Mark Stoops ties:
Coley was one of the favorites for the offensive coordinator job when Mark Stoops was hired. Stoops was reportedly encouraged to hire Neal Brown because of the Air Raid and Brown’s ties to the program, so Coley went to Miami instead. Could this be their chance to reconnect?
Is Coley the favorite?
There’s a lot of buzz saying Coley to UK right now, including this tweet from Miami broadcaster Bobby Kaple:
Miami OC James Coley apparently going to Kentucky… No one wants to coach for a dead man walking in Al Golden.
— Bobby Kaple (@BobbyKaple) December 1, 2014
Bonus: his selfie game is strong
— James Coley (@CoachColey) August 27, 2014
The X-Factor: Does Lexington have decent Cuban coffee?
Coley was born in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, so it may be hard to pry him away from his hometown. He apparently thrives on Cuban coffee, so hopefully one of the Lexington coffee shops can do it justice.