TALLAHASSEE -- This time next week, the Florida State Seminoles could be close to finding the sixth and final assistant coach to join their staff since late December.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters Wednesday afternoon during a National Signing Day news conference that he will be bringing in candidates next week as he tries to fill the vacancy left late last month by former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach James Coley. About three weeks before Signing Day, Coley, who had served as the team's recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach in earlier roles, left to take a job as Miami's new offensive coordinator.

Fisher said he won't be doing any interviews the rest of this week or over the weekend because, quite frankly, "I ain't going to lie. I need sleep."

The fourth-year coach has spent the past month-and-a-half not only trying to maintain a recruiting class that finished in the top 10 of most recruiting services, but he also was luring assistants following a mass postseason exodus. In addition to Coley, former assistants Mark Stoops, D.J. Eliot, Eddie Gran, Greg Hudson and Dameyune Craig all left for other opportunities.

The Seminoles hadn't had much time in recent weeks to even discuss candidates to replace Coley because they had been finalizing recruiting for 2013 and getting a jump on the 2014 group.

When it comes to the new assistant, Fisher said he is expecting to hire a quarterbacks coach or at least a coach who has some experience with the position.

"Most likely, yes. [It will be] a quarterback guy," Fisher said. "I would say there's a high percentage of that."

Before Coley was moved to quarterbacks in mid January, Craig had served in the capacity for Fisher. A former quarterback underneath Fisher at Auburn, Craig went back to his alma mater to serve as a co-offensive coordinator.

While Coley was at FSU, he was an offensive coordinator, but in name only. While he helped set gameplans and suggested in-game offensive adjustments from his view in the press box, Coley played a minor role in the actual playcalling process. As he has done since he was an offensive coordinator, Fisher called the plays.

In time, the plan was for Coley to take over those duties, Fisher said.

"In the near future of what we're trying to do, eventually I would have liked to do that," Fisher said. "That's one of the reasons I wanted to put him in with quarterbacks.

"Because if you call a game, it's very important to see the game through the quarterback's eyes. That's as an important thing to calling plays as there is, and that's a very key element to what we want to develop."

Fisher didn't close the door on the possibility that his next hire could be a true offensive coordinator.

"It's about who we're able to hire and who we're able to get and what we're able to do," he said. "We'll wait and see when the guys come with the interview process and where they're at."

As he did with his earlier hires, Fisher is expecting to take his time mulling over this one.

"I had to think long-term," Fisher said of his other five hires. "To fix something quickly would have cost you in the long run, and I wouldn't have done that. I wanted to make sure it was the right guys for the staff in the long run who were working with what we were trying to do."

FSU's newest assistants are: defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, running backs coach Randy Sanders (who has offensive coordinator experience), tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Billy Napier (who has offensive coordinator experience), linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Charles Kelly and defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri.

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