TALLAHASSEE -- Billy Napier's days in the Panhandle were short-lived. They were so brief that that after less than a month on the job as one of Florida State's newest assistant coaches, he has decided to call it quits.

Soon, Napier will be calling Tuscaloosa, Ala. home. For how long? That's the question with a still-to-be-determined answer.

BamaOnline, the 247Sports.com affiliate covering Alabama recruiting and athletics, and Warchant.com, a Rivals.com affiliate covering the same from the FSU perspective, first reported late Thursday afternoon that Napier was leaving the Seminoles to serve as Alabama's new receivers coach.

The Orlando Sentinel was able to confirm the departure through someone close to Napier.

The news comes just 22 days after Napier had signed his contract with FSU to become the Seminoles' newest tight ends coach. Napier will be replacing Mike Groh, who is leaving Alabama to reportedly serve as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears.

Once a former assistant at Clemson, Napier came to FSU from Colorado State. He was filling a vacancy left by former quarterbacks coach Dameyune Craig. Several days before Napier arrived in Tallahassee, Craig had left for Auburn, forcing tight ends coach James Coley to be named the new quarterbacks coach.

Coley eventually left for a job as Miami's offensive coordinator.

Napier, who had play-calling experience, was deemed a possible candidate this coming season or in future seasons to take over play-calling from head coach Jimbo Fisher. Many believe the fact that Fisher was hesitant to relinquish those duties during the five seasons that Coley served as the "in name-only" offensive coordinator, had a hand in Coley deciding to move on to South Florida.

Napier was scheduled to make $275,000 from FSU for the next two years. Although the contract was signed Jan. 31, it went into effect Jan. 11 and was slated to last through Jan. 10, 2015. Per the conditions of Napier's contract, which was obtained by the Orlando Sentinel through a public records request Thursday, he will be found in breach.

Since he left for another athletic-related job, he now owes FSU $75,000. Had he left after Jan. 10, 2014, he would have owed $50,000.

Prior to his departure, Napier helped the Seminoles recruit yet another top-10 recruiting class. Like other newly hired assistant coaches -- he was one of five -- Napier was in recruits' homes and on the phones with them nonstop.

His only public appearance was during FSU's Signing Day celebration the night of Feb. 6. Assistants are otherwise largely off limits to fans and reporters.

This is the second recent, sudden departure of an assistant coach from an ACC school to Alabama.

On Monday, Mario Cristobal left the Hurricanes for the Crimson Tide after being on head coach Al Golden's Miami staff for barely a month himself.

Alabama coach Nick Saban, winner of college football's last two national titles, has a history with Fisher. He was Fisher's head coach when the pair were at LSU just before they accepted jobs at their current schools. 

Fisher now has two positions to fill. In addition to Napier's spot, Coley's vacancy remained open while coaches burned the recruiting trail. In the last week, Fisher has had candidates in to interview for that position.

Perhaps the fact that he has already been looking at offensive coaches for the 10th assistant's job will make this new search a little easier for Fisher than it could be.

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