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Tim Brewster expected to be named FSU tight ends coach

Ex-Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster is expected to become tight ends coach at Florida State. (hoto: Marlin Levison/Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Ex-Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster is expected to become tight ends coach at Florida State. (hoto: Marlin Levison/Minneapolis Star Tribune)

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]im Brewster is expected to join Florida State’s coaching staff, a source tells CoachScoop.com.

According to the source, Brewster would be the FSU’s tight ends coach and could join the staff as early as today.

Brewster became Mississippi State’s wide receivers coach in August 2012. He shifted to tight ends coach when Billy Gonzales joined the Bulldogs’ staff earlier this month.

Brewster would fill the final opening on Florida State’s offensive staff. Jay Graham was hired as running back’s coach yesterday. 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. Sanders spent 14 seasons coaching quarterbacks at Tennessee and Kentucky before joining Jimbo Fisher’s staff as running backs coach in January.

A longtime assistant on Mack Brown’s staffs at North Carolina and Texas, Brewster coached tight ends in the NFL from 2002-06 with San Diego and Denver. He was named head coach at Minnesota in 2007.

Brewster was 15-30 with two bowl appearances in four years with the Gophers. He was fired after a 1-6 start in 2010.

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Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham leaves for FSU

Jay Graham will leave the staff at his alma mater for FSU. (Photo: Knoxville News-Sentinel)

Jay Graham will leave the staff at his alma mater for FSU. (Photo: Knoxville News-Sentinel)

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ennessee 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.

 

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Mike Groh leaving Bama for the NFL; FSU's Napier to the Tide

Mike Groh is leaving Nick Saban's staff for the Chicago Bears. (Photo: Matthew Emmons/USA Today)

Mike Groh (right) is headed to the Chicago Bears. (Photo: Matthew Emmons/USA Today)

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]labama wide receivers coach Mike Groh is leaving for a job on the Chicago Bears’ staff and will be replaced by FSU tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Billy Napier.

The turn of events is ironic for Florida State, as Groh is being hired for the same position that FSU assistant Lawrence Dawsey turned down earlier this week.

Billy Napier (Photo: Bart Boatwright/Greenville News)

Billy Napier (Photo: Bart Boatwright/Greenville News)

Groh had one of the biggest recruiting hauls of the 2013 class and was named Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.

Napier just joined Jimbo Fisher’s staff in January. He was assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach under former Bama offensive coordinator at Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain last season. He was an offensive quality control assistant under McElwain at Alabama in 2011.

Before that, Napier spent five seasons at Clemson. Originally hired as tight ends coach in 2006, he added the recruiting coordinator title in 2007 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2009. He held that role for two seasons.

Napier, who is considered an excellent recruiter in his own right, was set to make $275,000 at Florida State.

Groh was part of Nick Saban’s staff the past two seasons, and it was his second stint in Tuscaloosa. He was an offensive graduate assistant at Alabama in 2009.

He coached quarterbacks at Louisville in 2010, and spent eight years at Virginia (2001-08), his alma mater.

 

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Larry Scott talks to Miami and Florida State; will remain at USF

Larry Scott will remain at South Florida. (Photo: USF)

Larry Scott will remain at South Florida. (Photo: USF)

***Update*** Feb. 24, 2013 - Larry Scott headed to Miami after all


[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter interviewing at Miami yesterday and receiving interest from Florida State, longtime South Florida assistant Larry Scott will remain with the Bulls.

Josh Newberg of 247sports.com first reported the news via Twitter.

Scott was a member of USF’s original recruiting class in February 1996, and returned as director of high school operations in 2005. He was a graduate assistant in 2006 before joining the staff full time in 2006. Scott has coached a variety of offensive positions, including tight ends, offensive line and, most recently, running backs.

Scott is considered an ace recruiter in south Florida’s Dade and Broward counties.

At Miami, he would have replaced Mario Cristobal as tight ends coach. Cristobal left the Hurricanes to become offensive line coach at Alabama on Monday.

A source says that at Florida State, Scott would have also coached tight ends with Billy Napier shifting over to quarterbacks coach, though running backs coach Randy Sanders could also have shifted to quarterbacks coach.

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FSU: Fisher meets with Johnson, no offer made

USC quarterbacks coach Tee Martin's name has been linked with the opening at FSU. (Photo: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Tee Martin’s name has been linked with the opening at FSU. (Photo: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e reported on Wednesday that Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was meeting with ex-UCLA and San Francisco 49er offensive coordinator Mike Johnson about the FSU quarterbacks coach opening.

Johnson left Tallahassee without a job offer, and Fisher is apparently meeting with another candidate today. This would be a break Fisher’s usual protocol of meeting with one candidate before making a hire.

One name that has been linked to the job is USC quarterbacks coach Tee Martin. Randy Sanders, Martin’s quarterback coach during his playing days at Tennessee, is now running backs coach at FSU.

Florida State may have difficulty making Martin a competitive financial offer, however. USC is a private school and does not release details of assistant coach salaries, but Martin is rumored to make in the $300,000 range.

Martin turned down an opportunity to join Butch Jones‘ staff at his alma mater in January.

Former Florida State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach James Coley left for Miami in January. He will serve as play caller on Al Golden’s staff, something that Fisher was not ready to turn over to Coley at FSU.

Fisher has not decided whether the new quarterbacks coach will also carry the offensive coordinator title, according to a source.

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Jimbo Fisher meeting with ex-UCLA OC Mike Johnson today

Sources tell us that Mike Johnson is very close to being hired as FSU's quarterbacks coach. (Photo: Orange County Register)

Sources tell us that Mike Johnson is very close to being hired as FSU’s quarterbacks coach. (Photo: Orange County Register)

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]lorida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is meeting with former UCLA offensive coordinator Mike Johnson today and Johnson is likely to become the Seminoles’ quarterbacks coach, according to a source.

Johnson spent 2012 out of coaching after serving as UCLA’s offensive coordinator and later interim head coach in 2011.

Johnson was an assistant with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2009-10 seasons, coaching quarterbacks and was given the offensive coordinator title in 2010.

A native of Los Angeles, Johnson played quarterback at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College and Arizona State before finishing his career at Akron. He spent five years playing professionally in the World League and CFL before entering coaching.

Johnson coached at Oregon State from 1997-99, serving as wide receivers coach in 1997-98 and quarterbacks coach in 1999. From there, he went to the NFL as an assistant with the Chargers, Falcons and Ravens before the 49ers. Most notably, he coached Michael Vick with the Falcons from 2002-05.

Johnson would fill the spot on FSU’s staff that opened when offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach James Coley left last month to become offensive coordinator at Miami.

It is not known whether or not Johnson would be given the offensive coordinator title.

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Coley's switch will impact sidelines, high school hallways

As we reported last night, Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley had an offer on the table for the same role at Miami.

Today, Coley, who had strong ties to both Miami and Florida State (he’s from Miami and graduated from FSU), made the decision to become a member of Al Golden’s staff.

Contract details have not yet been released, but the offer was reportedly for $500,000/year. Florida State was apparently willing to match Miami’s financial package, but sources close to the situation indicate FSU couldn’t match the Canes on two other fronts. The first – and most important – of those being the ability to call plays. Coley was intimately involved in FSU’s game-planning, but on Saturdays, it was Jimbo Fisher’s show.

James Coley (Photo Noles247.com)

James Coley (Photo Noles247.com)

That same source says the second thing working in Miami’s favor was the ability for Coley to now try and “lock down” the prime south Florida recruiting region working for the hometown school. Coley was already a dominating recruiting force in the area, and he believes that will only be magnified when he’s entering schools wearing orange and green. South Florida kids love The U, and as good as he was before, odds are that he’ll be even better convincing them to head to Coral Gables.

Two good examples of hometown Miami recruits where the weight of Coley’s switch could be felt immediately are Booker T. Washington High standouts Matthew Thomas and offensive tackle Denver Kirkland. Thomas, a five-star linebacker, and Kirkland, a four-star offensive tackle, were both thought to be the Noles’ to lose before Coley’s move. (Coley already had a teammate, defensive back Michael Johnson, committed to FSU.) Both Thomas and Kirkland were strongly considering Miami before Coley’s switch, and his departure may be enough to push the pair the Hurricane’s way.

From Florida State’s perspective, Fisher has a history of hiring talented, hard-working recruiters, and there’s no way FSU will concede anything to Miami and there new offensive coordinator. But make no mistake, Coley is a huge get for Golden and the Hurricanes any way you slice it, and his flip will only add more fuel to an already intense rivalry in the halls of south Florida’s high schools and beyond.

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