ATHENS — It appears Georgia has fought off Texas A&M for receivers coach James Coley.
After reportedly being offered the offensive coordinator job at Texas A&M, Coley is now expected to remain at Georgia, almost certainly with a raise and more security.
Coley was already due a new deal if he remained at UGA: He signed a two-year deal worth $450,000 annually when added to Kirby Smart’s staff before the 2016 season. The length and financial terms of Coley’s new deal were not immediately available.
Coley has been a strong recruiter, and is Georgia’s main tie to the south Florida pipeline. He’s involved with several top prospects in this cycle, including five-star cornerback Tyson Campbell. He was on a recruiting visit with Divaad Wilson on Wednesday night along with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
Tucker is also apparently staying at Georgia, after being a finalist for the head coaching job at Tennessee. That job is instead going to Tucker’s predecessor, Jeremy Pruitt, who spent the last two years in the same job at Alabama.
This doesn’t mean Georgia is safe from still having its staff raided.
Kevin Sherrer, the outside linebackers coach, will be a candidate to join Pruitt at Tennessee, especially if the defensive coordinator job is dangled.
There are other Georgia coaches who will probably be in line for raises and extensions this offseason, especially after such a strong season. Tucker, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and offensive line coach Sam Pittman are due to enter the final year of one-year contracts. Running backs coach Dell McGee already received a raise and two-year contract earlier this year, but his strength on the recruiting trail and the performance of Georgia’s tailbacks also gives him leverage.
There is also Smart himself, who was earning $3.75 million annually, in the bottom half of the SEC, but is coming off an SEC championship and now a playoff appearance, with perhaps more titles to come.