Who Will Coordinate the Offense for Texas A&M Football vs. Oklahoma State in the Texas Bowl?
As the offense began to stagnate in the latter part of the year (save the last three games), some Texas A&M football fans began to question who was really calling the offense. Was it Bobby Petrino, as had been the narrative, or had Jimbo Fisher taken back over, unable to leave control to another?
Well, for the record, I believe it was Bobby Petrino. But that is a question that Aggie fans will not have to worry about in this game, as both Petrino and Fisher have departed the Texas A&M football staff, and will not be on the sidelines for this game.
With that in mind, who will be calling the game for the Aggies? Who can they turn to on the offensive staff to put together a game plan?
TE Coach James Coley and OC Experience Before Texas A&M Football
Some may be aware, and some may not be, that Jimbo had built a staff that included several former offensive coordinators; not just Bobby Petrino, but off-field assistant Jim Chaney and TE coach (and co-OC, technically) James Coley. It is Coley who will be calling the plays tonight, though by all accounts (and first reported by Billy Liucci), both Coley and Chaney have been involved in the game planning.
Coley has been a full-time offensive coordinator at several different spots in the past. Most recently, he was the OC at Georgia in 2018 and 2019; before that, he was the offensive coordinator at Miami from 2013 to 2015. His name actually popped up last offseason for the open OC spot down in Coral Gables, though he obviously stayed in College Station.
For this one-game opportunity, I think Coley will do a good job. He won't have much to lose, after all; there's no indication that he will be rolled over onto the next staff, so he can let everything loose as a sort of advertisement for his abilities to any program that might be watching. Hopefully, he does just that, and lets the superior athletes dotting this Texas A&M football squad get out there and make plays.