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Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham leaves for FSU
Tennessee assistant Jay Graham will leave his alma mater to join the staff at Florida State, CoachScoop.com has learned.
Graham spent the 2012 season as the Vols’ running backs and was the only coach from Derek Dooley’s staff retained by Butch Jones. Before that, he coached running backs for three seasons at South Carolina (2009-11).
Graham earned $225,000 on Dooley’s staff in 2012 and was given a raise by Jones to $260,000.
His hiring fills one of two openings on Florida State’s offensive staff. Last week, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Billy Napier left FSU for Alabama after less than a month on the job. Quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator James Coley left last month for the same position at Miami.
The source expects Randy Sanders to be moved to quarterbacks coach and Graham to coach running backs. Sanders spent 14 seasons coaching quarterbacks at Tennessee and Kentucky before joining Jimbo Fisher’s staff as running backs coach in January.
Graham was a standout running back at Tennessee from 1993-96. He spent who spent played five seasons in the NFL and one in the CFL before returning to his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 2005. From there, he moved into a full-time position as running backs coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga (2006), then Tennessee-Martin (2007) and Miami-Ohio (2008).
Napier would have been paid $275,000 at Florida State. Coley earned $335,000 in 2012.