Brent Pease

Gators, Tide battling for Boise coordinator


Florida hasn’t had very many big SEC wins the past two seasons on the field, but they may have just earned a significant one off of it.  Maybe.

Rumors came to light earlier Friday that Florida and Alabama were competing for the services of Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease.  According to the Idaho Statesman, Pease has decided to leave the Broncos and is considering job offers from Florida and Alabama.  The Statesman writes that Florida is considered the favorite to land Pease.

Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun subsequently tweeted that it “[l]ooks like Brent Pease [is the] new Florida OC“, although UF head coach Will Muschamp texted Dooley “nothing done” on the coordinator front shortly thereafter.

None of the schools involved in the Pease speculation have announced or confirmed any move/hiring.

If the reports are accurate, this would actually mark the second time Pease has left Boise in a little over a year.  In late December of 2010, Pease, then BSU’s wide receivers coach, was hired as Indiana’s coordinator.  Less than two weeks later, after OC Bryan Harsin left for the same job at Texas, Pease left the Hoosiers to come back to the Broncos as the coordinator.

The 47-year-old Pease has been a member of Chris Petersen‘s coaching staff since 2006, and has previously been a coordinator at Baylor and Kentucky.   The Statesman notes that receivers coach Robert Prince is expected to replace Pease.

UPDATED 4:49 p.m. ET: According to Dooley, Pease is in Gainesville today speaking with Muschamp, and will head to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday — the day after the BcS title game — to speak to Nick Saban.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.