The Georgia Bulldogs lost offensive coordinator Jim Cheney to Tennessee in a move that surprised a few analyst around the college football world.
It didn’t take long for Kirby Smart and company to find a suitable replacement. On Friday afternoon, Smart took to Twitter to share a video of former co-offensive coordinator James Coley during practice.
It was a teaser video from Smart that confirmed the hire of Coley as the team’s new offensive coordinator.
Smart released a statement on the hire: “James has been a critical part of our staff since we came to Georgia. He’s done an incredible job in all aspects of his responsibilities including coaching the wide receivers for two years, serving as co-offensive coordinator this past season coaching the quarterbacks, and recruiting.”
Kirby Smart statement on James Coley being promoted to offensive coordinator: pic.twitter.com/pbZvgNbImp
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) January 11, 2019
Coley spent two seasons as Georgia’s wide receivers coach before being named the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2018 season.
It’s a big move for Smart as the Bulldogs look to compete in the SEC.