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Add one name, remove another from Bama's offensive line target list

Former FIU head coach Mario Cristobal will interview for the offensive line job at Alabama today. (Photo: Ongo.com)

Former FIU head coach Mario Cristobal will interview for the offensive line job at Alabama today. (Photo: Ongo.com)

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]cratch one name from the list of potential offensive line candidates at Alabama and add another.

Nick Saban had a strong interest in South Carolina running game coordinator and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, but Elliott has informed Steve Spurrier that he will remain with the Gamecocks.

“It was a great honor to be considered for a coaching position at the University of Alabama, but I feel it’s in the best interest of me and my family to remain at South Carolina,” Elliott told Andrew Gribble of al.com. “We’ve had a lot of success here over the past three years and I’m committed to being part of that continued success for many years. I’m proud to be a Gamecock.”

You can add the name of former Florida International head coach and current Miami tight ends coach Mario Cristobal to the list of candidates. Cristobal arrived in Tuscaloosa on Thursday and will interview with Saban today.

Cristobal, who inherited an incredibly difficult situation and a frustrating administration at FIU, was fired on Dec. 5 after six seasons as head coach.

On Jan. 10, Cristobal was named associate head coach and tight ends coach on Al Golden’s staff at Miami. However, a source tells us that Cristobal was not excited about returning to his alma mater and would accept a position on Saban’s staff if offered.

Central Florida offensive line coach and Alabama native Brent Key interviewed for the position earlier this week and may be the leading candidate.

Former Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who left last month to join Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles’ staff, made $395,000 last year.

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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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Report: Hurtt could face major sanctions

Clint Hurtt (Photo: Cardinal-laws.com)

Clint Hurtt (Photo: Cardinal-laws.com)

The NCAA’s Notice of Allegations in the Nevin Shapiro scandal at the University of Miami is iminent, and according to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com, Louisville defensive line coach/associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt could face serious allegations.

Feldman’s article claims that Hurtt will be cited with “unethical conduct,” better known in NCAA circles as a violation of Bylaw 10.1.

“They are pretty much throwing everything at him,” the source said of Hurtt. “They have him on essentially everything that was brought to the attention of the NCAA, some of which has been publicly known because of (Shapiro) but there are some other things that did not involve Shapiro that they’re charging him with.”

The source added that after the NCAA began investigating Shapiro’s claims, student-athletes detailed other violations allegedly committed by Hurtt and Aubrey Hill, another former UM assistant who had resigned from Florida weeks before the start of the 2012 season. The coaches are expected to be cited for “unethical conduct,” better known in NCAA circles as a violation of Bylaw 10.1, said the source. Among the charges the NCAA will allege against the former UM football assistants are impermissible transportation, impermissible lodging as well as impermissible benefits, the source said.

Lousiville officials said that the Notice of Allegations had not been received as of Monday night. However, once the notice is received, those named in the case have 90 days to respond in writing and also receive a hearing before the Committee on Infractions. A final ruling could take as long as six months after that hearing.

Eric Crawford of WDRB TV in Louisville writes:

Earlier Monday CBS reported that Missouri coach Frank Haith could face serious allegations — and a possible “show cause” penalty from the NCAA — over incidents during his basketball coaching tenure at Miami.

If Hurtt were to receive a similar penalty and it were to stick then it’s certain he would not remain on U of L’s staff. Coaches who receive notices of allegations have 90 days to respond and are accorded due process by the NCAA, but in the event of a show-cause penalty any school that wants to employ that coach must assume the sanctions placed on that coach by the NCAA. In addition, any school hiring a coach with a show-cause penalty in place must appear before the NCAA committee on infractions and show cause for why it should not be penalized just for hiring that coach.

In other words, a show-cause penalty effectively makes a coach virtually unemployable by an NCAA institution for the term of the show-cause.

Hurtt, who is in his third season at Louisville, has played a key role both as a recruiter and position coach on Charlie Strong’s staff. In 2011, he named ESPN.com’s National Recruiter of the Year, serving as primary recruiter for four Rivals.com four-star prospects, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, defensive backs Gerod Holliman and Andrew Johnson, and wide receiver Eli Rogers, among others.

A former Hurricane player, Hurtt was the recruiting coordinator at Miami from 2007-09 before leaving to join the U of L staff as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in 2010. All of the reported allegations against him are from his tenure at Miami.

The investigation began nearly two years ago after Shapiro, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for a $930 million Ponzi scheme, told Yahoo! that he gave thousands of impermissible benefits, primarily to football players, from 2002 to 2010. According to the Yahoo! Sports report in August 2011:

  • Shapiro told federal agents in taped interviews that on two occasions, he paid for Hurtt to bring large groups of Hurricanes football recruits to dinner at Miami Beach restaurant Café Grazie.
  • Shapiro told federal agents in taped interviews that he provided Hurtt an interest-free loan of $5,000 – one $2,500 cash payment and one $2,500 check. Shapiro said during his interviews with federal agents that Hurtt did repay the loans. However, Shapiro said he knew it was an NCAA violation to provide interest-free loans to coaches.
  • On a Friday night in 2008, Shapiro said Hurtt arranged to bring three Miami recruits – Andre Debose, Ray-Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye – to Shapiro’s $6 million Miami Beach mansion for the purposes of the booster recruiting the players. Then-wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill also attended the players’ visit to Shapiro’s home.
  • During his Friday night recruiting pitch, Shapiro took Hurtt, Hill, Debose, Armstrong and Dye through his mansion, stopping at one point to showcase a specially built closet filled with game-worn college and NFL jerseys of former Hurricanes greats. After the tour of the house, Shapiro took the three players for a drive on Alton Road in his $200,000 Mercedes S65.
  • Shapiro said Hurtt was also on hand when he entertained Debose, Armstrong and Dye in his mansion. Shapiro said another recruit, Olivier Vernon, was also on hand. He said Vernon’s visit to the booster’s home was also arranged by Hurtt.

Shapiro told Yahoo!, “Hurtt became a really good friend of mine. He kept me posted on what was going on with the recruiting inside the university.”

Yahoo! provided phone records of cell phone conversations between Hurtt and Shapiro, and a copy of a $2,500 check from Shapiro to Hurtt.

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The Coaching Wire: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

Update 3:12 pm EST.

  • NCAA: The NCAA passed 25 of 26 proposed rule changes as part of its effort to streamline the Division I rulebook and move toward “a more flexible manual based on common sense.” The changes eliminate some rules (such as prohibitions on texting recruits and regulations of printed recruiting materials) and adds others (schools can pay for medical expenses and can’t scout opponents in person). The only proposal that did not pass was the universal start date of July 1 before a prospect’s junior year for off-campus contact, which was tabled for further discussion in April. The rule changes go into effect August 1, 2013. You can read the full list of rule changes here, and a Q&A with NCAA President Mark Emmert here.
  • Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has approved contracts for incoming football coach Gary Andersen and his offensive and defensive coordinators. Andersen will be paid $10 million over five years. He’ll make $1.8 million in 2013, and then get $100,000 raises in each of the next four years. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda both received a two-year deal worth $480,000 per year. That’s $215,000 more than their predecessors made last year.
  • Miami (Fla.): Hurricane offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has been hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars for the same position. Fisch has been offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Miami the past two seasons. He was the quarterbacks coach in Seattle in 2010, where he worked with new Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. His NFL experience includes stints with the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, and Minnesota Vikings.
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