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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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Update: Coley takes Miami job

James Coley (Photo Noles247.com)

James Coley (Photo Noles247.com)

[colored_box color="blue"]Update: Several media outlets, including the Miami Herald, are reporting that Coley has accepted the offensive coordinator position at Miami. We will have a full story on Coley and Florida State later today.[/colored_box]

Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley has a decision to make.

According to Noles247.com, Coley has an offer on the table to become Miami’s offensive coordinator. Miami would reportedly pay him a $500,000 salary and coach Al Golden would give him full control of the Hurricane offense.

FSU is currently paying Coley $335,500 per year and head coach Jimbo Fisher is responsible for calling plays. Coley is deeply involved in game-planning but coaches from the press box on game day.

Sources indicate that, at present, Coley is torn on the decision and it could go either way.

Coley has strong ties to both Miami and Florida State. Hy graduated from Florida State, but he’s a Miami native who got his coaching start at Miami High back in 1997 and spent two seasons on Nick Saban’s Dolphins staff in 2005-06.

Coley has been at Florida State since 2008 when he returned as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator on head coach Bobby Bowden’s staff and was named offensive coordinator two seasons later.

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