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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Jimbo Fisher completes staff at FSU

By Heather Dinich

Florida State has hired former Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier as its tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, and former Kentucky offensive coordinator Randy Sanders to coach the running backs. Offensive coordinator James Coley is now the quarterbacks coach.

“We’re very excited to welcome Randy on board,” coach Jimbo Fisher said in a prepared statement. “I’ve known him for a very long time. He’s been one of the best coaches in the country for a while now. He’s a tremendous running backs coach and also brings coordinator experience. He’s a great recruiter and a great person and will be a tremendous addition to our staff.

“Billy is one of the bright young coaches in the game. He’s coached some excellent tight ends. He’s a big-time recruiter who also has some coordinator experience. He has great understanding of the big picture of the game. We’re very excited to have him on staff as well.”

From the release:

Sanders comes to Florida State from the University of Kentucky where he served as the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since 2009. The Morristown, Tenn. Native has spent his entire coaching career in the SEC where he began as a volunteer assistant with the Volunteers in 1989. Sanders has served as the offensive coordinator at both Tennessee and Kentucky and has been a part of coaching staffs that have been to 21 bowl games in his coaching career, including the 1999 National Championship game at Tennessee where he served as the offensive coordinator for the Fiesta Bowl win that year.

“I am very excited to be at Florida State,” said Sanders. “I have been coaching since 1989, the same year I got married. Right around that time I had a discussion with my wife on where I would like to coach and there were four schools on my list and Florida State was one of those schools. That was one of the first things she reminded me of when the opportunity came along. I have always wanted to coach here.

“I am getting the opportunity to coach with a group of guys, for the most part, that I have known a lot of them and that I have a lot of respect for. I get to work with some of the best players in the country at a school that has some of college football’s greatest traditions. There’s not a whole lot not to like.”

Sanders joins another former offensive coordinator on Fisher’s staff with the addition of Napier. The Chatsworth, GA native spent last season as Colorado State’s Assistant Head Coach and quarterbacks coach after serving as Clemson’s offensive coordinator from 2009-10. In just one year working with the Rams’ quarterbacks, Napier helped bolster the CSU offense as the team ranked 17th in the nation in red zone scoring, cut the team’s sacks allowed by nearly four per game over the second half of the season and saw the running game improve by 65 yards per game over the second half of 2012 as well. While running the Clemson Tiger’s offense in 2009, Clemson established a school record for the most points scored in a season.

“When you get an opportunity to come to a program with the tradition and history of Florida State, you can’t pass that up,” said Napier. “Coaching for coach Fisher is really going to be a great opportunity for me to work with a great coach. The timing was right in terms of where this program is headed and it is a great opportunity. I am excited to be a part of the process of working with these players and continuing to build on the championships this group was a part of in 2012.”