- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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There have been times this season during which Florida State's play-calling has been called into question (see: against NC State, fourth quarter).
Don't blame the Noles' offensive coordinator -- he's got nothing to do with it, and James Coley said on Friday he's perfectly fine with that arrangement.
Coach Jimbo Fisher is the one who calls the plays for Florida State, and it's a set-up that has been a source of angst for some Florida State fans. Those within the program, though, know their roles. When asked on Friday at his news conference for the Discover Orange Bowl if he was OK with being the coordinator and not calling the plays, Coley said, "yeah, absolutely."
"Coach is‑‑ he's the head coach," Coley said. "He's called plays for a long time. He's very successful. He knows a lot. He walks into meetings and he'll bring up stuff that he hasn't done in a while or stuff people are doing now, he's done it before, and it's an ongoing ‑‑ we're all learning around him.
"He's got a lot of head-coaching duties that he does, and we, especially myself, I try to get all the information to him so when he walks into these meetings it's very productive and we're not sitting around there and there's not a lot of wasting time. His questions get answered right away with regards to schemes and how ‑‑ what our opponent is doing. And then during the week I script the practice to the things he wants to see, and I kind of organize the week out for him so that on Saturdays he's ready to go."
It's not a situation unique to Florida State. At Virginia Tech, Bryan Stinespring is the offensive coordinator, but quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain calls the plays. Coley also coaches the tight ends.
"It's worked out well," Coley said.
And the Noles have their first ACC title since 2005 to prove it.
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