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Update: Gators announce hiring of Boise State coordinator

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UPDATED Wednesday @ 9:14 a.m. ET: In a press release, Florida has confirmed they have hired Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease for the same position with the Gators.

“I’m excited to join the University of Florida football family and The Gator Nation,” Pease said in a statement released by the school. “I’ve always had the utmost respect for Coach Muschamp and the UF program and I’m honored to have the opportunity to work at one of the premier institutions in the nation.

I look forward to working with a tremendous coaching staff and, from what I hear, a great group of eager, young football players. Coach Muschamp and I share a lot of the same philosophies so this was a perfect fit. I want to be multiple in our offensive formations and have a balanced attack with tempo. I firmly believe in being fundamentally sound and red-zone efficient. I want to develop our players in a pro-style offense that can help them at the next level.”

Head coach Will Muschamp will meet with the media at noon Wednesday to discuss Pease’s hiring.


Alabama may have won the on-field defensive war against an SEC foe last night, but Florida has won the offensive battle off of it.  Reportedly.

Late last week it was reported that, after meeting with Nick Saban today, Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease would decide between the same job at Florida and with the Tide.  Citing a source close to the UF program, is reporting that Pease has chosen the Gators over the Tide.

An official announcement from the school is expected Wednesday, the website reports.

The Associated Press reports that Pease will sign a three-year deal with UF worth in the neighborhood of $500,000 annually.  That total represents a $200,000 per year increase from what he was making at Boise State.

The 47-year-old Pease, who met with UF head coach Will Muschamp last week, has been a member of Chris Petersen‘s coaching staff since 2006, and has previously been a coordinator at Baylor and Kentucky.  he’s also been a coordinator at Indiana, albeit very briefly; in late December of 2010, Pease, then BSU’s wide receivers coach, was hired as the Hoosiers’ 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.

In Gainesville, Pease will replace Charlie Weis, who, much to the relief of Gator Nation, left the program to become the head coach at Kansas last month.

As for who will replace Pease, it’s expected that current receivers coach Robert Prince is expected to get the nod.

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  1. thegeneral7694 says: Jan 10, 2012 6:04 PM

    Wanted to see Pease join our staff, but wish him luck anyway (except for when UF plays Bama). Think he’ll end up regretting his choice. As long as we have Coach Nick, we’ll be fine. Roll Tide!

  2. olskool711 says: Jan 10, 2012 7:27 PM

    Good decision for both sides.

    It would have taken Alabama’s offensive players years to adjust to modern offensive football.

  3. cowhawkfan says: Jan 10, 2012 7:27 PM

    Maybe ‘Bama woulda had a real offense if Pease had chosen them.
    Perhaps their kicking coach should be promoted to OC since his unit scores all this points.

  4. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 7:43 PM

    Thank God!!!!!!!!!

    I did not want this. No, no, no. Let’s talk to someone who helped engineer the Giants’ offense against the Falcons Sunday. That was what football is supposed to look like.

    olskool711 … dude, you need to change your name to something that reflects your football philosophy. :roll: And since we’ve won two national titles in three years, I’d rather not modernize our offense. Thanks, anyway.

    I wouldn’t be comfortable with Pease but hope he’ll do a good job for the Gators. Would like to see the Florida program resurge. Oh … but not too much. It’s going to be weird suddenly having my alma mater in that division, and I want Mizzou to do well.

  5. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 7:45 PM

    cowhawkfan …

    Seriously … I feel so sad for people who can’t appreciate or don’t understand defensive football. I love it. I mean … like almost to an orgasmic degree.

  6. spudvol says: Jan 10, 2012 8:44 PM


    It’s not like you have a choice…love the one you’re with.

  7. thegeneral7694 says: Jan 10, 2012 10:16 PM

    Cowhawkfan and spudvol…did you guys watch any other Bama games this year? Even with scoring only 6 against LSU in November, they still averaged 40 freakin’ points a game! LSU had an EXTREMELY good defense this year…ours was just better. And 2 nat’l titles and 48 wins in the last 4 seasons…I think things are working pretty well for us. But thanks for asking.

    And Deb…why would a Bama fan EVER wish good things for Florida? Are you ill?

  8. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 10:54 PM

    @thegeneral7694 …

    Because they’re in the SEC. I’m being a good SEC soldier 😉

    Did people actually give me thumbs down for saying I find good defense orgasmic? On a football blog? Seriously? That is super-scary. You lil boys need to put down your PlayStation controllers and give up your Fantasy leagues before you completely forget how the game is supposed to be played … assuming you ever knew.

  9. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 11:00 PM

    @spudvol …

    If that comment means I have to be happy we didn’t get Pease now that he’s picked Florida, you and the folks who find you so witty are welcome to go back and see me posting I was flabbergasted (What??) we were interviewing him and didn’t want him …

    I have my faults, darlin’, but I’m a pretty straight-shooter.

  10. jason1214 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:00 AM

    Oh Pease say in ain’t so….barf. RTR

  11. tngilmer says: Jan 11, 2012 12:04 AM

    Les Miles is a stubborn man who refuses to admit his mistakes. His stubbornness was a godsend for Bama. Roll Tide!

  12. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 4:01 AM

    He is for sure a step up from Weiss. Now if Mushcamp could only replace himself, Florida could get a good HC, and get back into the race.

  13. paulydefense says: Jan 11, 2012 5:13 AM

    He probably took the job so that he could be the front-runner for the head coaching job when Muschamp gets fired.

  14. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 6:39 AM

    One of two things is going on. Either Florida offered him a lot more money, which I have no doubt they would, or since he lost his very good QB, he is jumping ship before it sinks and he can’t get another job down the road in a couple of years.
    I personally think it was Florida spending big bucks, because they can’t stand to have another year like last year. It kills their fans.

  15. dkhhuey says: Jan 11, 2012 9:44 AM

    It will be interesting to watch what he does in Florida and what impact, if any, his leaving will have on the Spudsville. Of course, losing their starting QB is going to hurt quite a bit as well.

  16. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jan 11, 2012 9:49 AM


    The game is not “supposed to be played” any which way. The goal of football, like any other game, is simply to win. Maybe your favorite style of football won a lot of games when you were growing up, but there’s other ways to win these days, and I find creativity to be refreshing.

  17. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 9:52 AM

    You know, considering that Boise is joining the Big east (west, total 20 from all over, whatever conglomeration), conference, they shouldn’t be too bad off with a young QB. They had a very good Defense last year and I haven’t heard anything about the DC leaving. I wish WVU were still going to be in the league because I think a game between those two next year, would have been really interesting.

  18. ducej11 says: Jan 11, 2012 10:04 AM

    “I want to develop our players in a pro-style offense that can help them at the next level”

    How exactly is that possible when he has never coached in the NFL? Obviously he just said that for recruiting purposes but I am pretty sure Boise was not running an NFL offense.

  19. mogogo1 says: Jan 11, 2012 10:22 AM

    ducej11 says:

    How exactly is that possible when he has never coached in the NFL? Obviously he just said that for recruiting purposes but I am pretty sure Boise was not running an NFL offense.

    It may not be a strict pro-style offense, but he’s currently got 10 offensive players in the NFL. Big numbers don’t hurt players’ draft chances.

  20. tampabaysportsfanatic says: Jan 11, 2012 10:23 AM


    Austin Pettis and Titus Young say hi from the NFL.

  21. normtide says: Jan 11, 2012 10:45 AM

    I keep reading how people here down defensive football, and say it is boring. A game is only good if 60 points are on the board. I guess that explains why the Arena League is doing so well….. oh wait, didnt it fail and pretty much shut down? I think Bama is perfectly happy with the style it plays, and the TWO crystal footballs we have. Oregon, OKST, WVU, and June Jones team, and any Mike Leach team, combined, has exactly ZERO championships. Maybe the Georgia Force is a better fan base for most of you. As long as SEC defenses dominate all the supposed high power offenses, I call your arguments bogus. As stated before, how do I know those offenses are high powered? The run dry when they play SEC teams. Let me guess, they just have off days, every single time they play us? The fact is, they play weak defenses. Truth hurts.

  22. olskool711 says: Jan 11, 2012 10:56 AM


    You are champions of nothing. You couldn’t win the sec west, you couldn’t win the sec, you only won a crystal football given out by fat, bald, moneygrubbers who run a football cartel to fund their strip club and golf excursions.

    Do you know anything about football?

    From what I gather you are a girl from missouri who bandwagons.

    This week, Alabama college football, Pittsburg Pro Football (or did you change this week now that you lost?), and who knows which baseball team (Yankees? Red Sox?), — I’m sure you’ve always been a Dallas Mavericks fan!

    Please stick to Rosie O’Donnell and Ellen and give us a break.

    The crystal ball game was a pee wee offense vs. a high school offense. The high school offense won.

    You are champions of nothing.

    Try travelling out of the south. Try playing a team that you haven’t played multiple times every single year (boy that really requires a lot from the coaching staff). Try learing what real quarterback play is all about. Try learning an offense that is from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or better.

    Play Stanford. What are you chicken of. Play Oregon in their house. What are you chicken of.? Play anybody other than a team that you see once or twice a year, that is good, away from home. Boise State’s offensive line would have handled your defensive line easily. When your backers had to blitz, Kellen Moore would have seen it before it happened (remember your not playing one of your poorly coached, overinflated, sec teams), made the read, and burned you. Boise’s defensive line is one of the few that has proven they could have stopped alabama’s running game. They punched Georgia in the mouth and Georgia definitely gave LSU a much tougher time when they ran the ball than alabama did.

    You are chickens. And the system allows to you talk. But talk is all you really have. Cluck, cluck.

    We don’t buy your system.

    Champions of nothing! Enjoy the crystal football.

    Your system has made college football an embarrassment. Its a joke. Only you take it seriously. Even the little 10 people who benefit from it realize its become a joke. Only sec hillbilly takes the system seriously anymore.

    Don’t you wish we all we still naive and stupid enough to buy into this crap? It would be nice wouldn’t it?

    But… we don’t.

  23. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 11:02 AM

    One question for you man, from of course a redneck of the SEC, who is a fan of a different team.
    Who has the trophies? Who has taken six in a row home? Would it be the SEC rednecks. You my friend need to come off of your high horse because it’s leg is broken.

  24. jason1214 says: Jan 11, 2012 11:49 AM


    Take your medication and be quiet. Change is coming, you can complain about 2011, all you want its over.

  25. olskool711 says: Jan 11, 2012 11:50 AM

    He, he.

    Your trophy is practically meaningless outside of your little world down there.

    Play Stanford at a neutral site. Play Oregon at a real neutral site. Play little Boise State at a real neutral site.

    You will probably respond the way alabama did in the Fiesta Bowl when they got punched in the mouth by


    Heck even the defending “national champions” got their a#@% whacked by Utah State, in alabama.

    Play someone who plays modern football.

  26. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 11:57 AM

    All you ar4e doing is showing your ignorance. The fact is, the SEC has 7 total BCS NC’s and six straight. Coulda, Woulda, Wanna, is all you evidently have for whom ever your team or conference is. Talk is cheap and that is all you are doing. When you can boast about the number of titles your conference has in a row, then your talk has some legitimacy. Right now, it doesn’t.

  27. Deb says: Jan 11, 2012 12:09 PM

    @olskool711 …

    It’s sad that you think any woman who loves football must be butch. And it’s not surprising that you’d gather inaccurate notions. I’m a Southern girl (Florida born)–that should be obvious. My dad’s from Alabama and most of my family are there. We were raised on Tide football. I went to Missouri because it was the best school in the country for my major.

    Since I grew up in a family that focused on the college game, we didn’t have any NFL allegiance. I discovered pro ball flipping channels while the family napped after church, and fell in love with the Steelers because their playing style was similar to Alabama’s with major emphasis on defense. I’ve remained a loyal Steelers fan for 34 years–even through the abysmal 80s–because I don’t bandwagon to the next best thing.

  28. Deb says: Jan 11, 2012 12:20 PM

    @anonymouslyanonymous …

    Wrong. The game is supposed to be played with two groups of men–an offense and a defense going head to head as they battle for territory. When you eliminate the defense from that equation, you have … ping-pong.

    It’s nice that you’re open to creative new ways of winning. But unless you have an offense battling against a defense, you don’t have a new way of winning … you have a different sport. Pretending otherwise just demonstrates your ignorance of the game’s fundamentals.

    It doesn’t have anything to do with how they played when I grew up. I have no problem with the evolution of the game. I have a problem with castrating defenses–and with trying to eliminate the running game from a from a sport called football.

    But you enjoy your creative new ways of winning. My two teams have won three AFC Championships, two Super Bowls, an SEC Championship, and two BCS Titles in the last six years. My style of football is working for me.

  29. normtide says: Jan 11, 2012 12:20 PM

    Hold the phone, olfool does not recognize Bama is the champs!!!!! Well, throw away the crystal. Please tell us, who is boxing’s various champions, because your opinion dictates reality. Why don’t you just pick the next president as well. We have the title, your school does not, try not to act so but hurt over it. Over the last few years, Bama has played ooc against – clemson, vt, penn state. Playing Mich next year, in jerry land. Dude, if your team sucks so bad you have to try to rip every other team apart, why not take your beef to them? No BCS AQ team has more wins the last 4 years then Bama. Have you ever even stated who your team is? Prob ashamed hahahahaha. I am going to T town in a few weeks to see the trophy, should I text you a picture of it? Let you see what a real program wins.

  30. normtide says: Jan 11, 2012 12:23 PM

    Deb- just laff at the arena football fans HAHA

  31. olskool711 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:25 PM

    Play USC next year. Be a man.

    Play Stanford, play Oregon, play Boise State.

    You won’t!

    Champions of Nothing!

  32. olskool711 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:30 PM

    The only winners from this year’s college football season are the hookers who worked the in the strip clubs frequented by the bcs directors and their cronies. Them and the accountants at sec schools who get to divy up the booty from this sham.

  33. overratedgators says: Jan 11, 2012 12:53 PM

    Coming off of Boise State’s weak schedule, he’ll at least fit right in to Florida’s perennially weak non-conference matchups.

  34. BrownsTown says: Jan 11, 2012 12:59 PM


    “I have my faults, darlin’”

    I’m listening………

  35. BrownsTown says: Jan 11, 2012 1:01 PM

    Florida probably hired him since he knows how to dominate the Georgia defense… you know, because Boise St., from the Mountain West, throttled them this past year.

  36. woebegong says: Jan 11, 2012 1:37 PM

    Not so sure he did that because they scored against UGA a lot last year. In reality, Boise States defense did the most damage, mostly because the offensive line was still shaping up and their smaller defensive line men, shredded UGA’s line. Later in the game, UGA’s defense was just plain tired. If Mushcamp is that fixated on beating UGA, his career will be a short one, as the SEC East will start back up the ladder in the next couple of years for a lot of the teams there.

  37. normtide says: Jan 11, 2012 1:39 PM

    Crying won’t help ya, crying won’t do ya no good. – Led Zepplin.

    Envy, thy name is olfool. Boise can not win anything with their cake walk sched, imagine if they played more than two hard games a year. Oregon is a powerhouse, when they play slow defenses. Against SEC speed defenses, not so much. USC may have a strong team next year, but Kiffen will still be their coach, that cancels each out. SEC has 8 bcs titles, no other league has more then two. I know that eats you up, but I guess all you can do is take your medicine.

  38. normtide says: Jan 11, 2012 1:49 PM

    Lol, your name should be noskool. Bama lost to Utah in the Sugar Bowl. And for someone who does not buy into college football, you sure post a lot. Oregon bought into it last year, Texas before that, Ohio State and Oklahoma has, so too for USC. I do not remember them playing in the title game and saying it would not really count. Your like so many of the children today, you CAN’T win, and it is everybody elses fault. The world is just so mean to you. Got to laugh at emo football fans.

    Btw- CHAMPIONS, 2011!!!!!!!!!! 6 years straight. Aside from Ohio State’s ref aided title win, the northern most university to win a BCS title is —– UT Vols.

  39. BrownsTown says: Jan 11, 2012 2:15 PM

    norm “Revisionist History” tide,

  40. BrownsTown says: Jan 11, 2012 2:19 PM

    norm Revisionist History tide,

    If Oregon can’t hang with the SEC speed, why did they beat Tennessee 48-13 last year? Did you mean to say that they couldn’t Auburn’s speed? As opposed to the ENTIRE conference?

    The SEC Formula:

    1. When one school does something good, it’s the entire conference.

    2. When one school does something bad (e.g. Boise over UGA, Utah over Bama, OSU over Arkansas), it’s an anomaly and the excuses take over.

    LOL @ incestuous SEC Fans.

  41. Deb says: Jan 11, 2012 3:47 PM

    @BrownsTown …

    Well, for one I have an almost cootyphobic dislike of Boise’s blue field and anything associated with it. Can’t imagine hiring someone from Smurfville. What was Saban thinking? 😯

    Oh, silly, the SEC is like any other conference: Top, middle, and sucky. These days Oregon is at the top of their food chain; Tennessee … not so much. Alabama turned in a sucky performance against Utah. It happens. See Steelers Sunday night.

    In football, great teams play both offense and defense. (Am I really explaining that to a Big 10/AFCN fan? Woody is rolling in his grave in rhythm with Paul Brown.) USC used to play great defense. And I’d be really surprised if Monte Kiffin’s son abandoned the defensive game. Looks like he’ll do well by the Trojans. So not every West Coast team is a paper tiger. But many are, and they disintegrate when playing a good defense, which is something typically emphasized in the SEC.

  42. normtide says: Jan 11, 2012 3:48 PM

    Brown- I remember watching the game, that call was wrong imo. For the record, I was pulling for OSU, not a Miami fan from when we played them in ’92. They were classless leading to the game, which Bama won, quiet easily.

    You know what, I will recant what I said tho. OSU had a few calls against them that game, and I am never one to blame the refs. Calls go both ways, and you have to play thru them. If one questionable call beats ya, you prob did not deserve the win. Ohio State has been, by far and wide, the best non-SEC team in the BCS era. Not sarcastic, OSU and their fans do not whine or complain. If they lose, their efforts go toward correcting things, not changing rules to suit them or blaming other things.

    The example I wanted to make in the post was this. Way to many in this country blame everyone but themself when they fail. Insted of focusing on doing the things it takes to suceede. OSU fans, please accept my apology.

  43. normtide says: Jan 11, 2012 4:03 PM

    Oregon looked slow vs AU and LSU. Sorry, was not including a very down Tenn team, just as I would not brag about beating the B1G if Bama beat Indiana. Btw, AU had the worst defense of any SEC team to make a upper tier bowl I have seen. The B1G was not built on high powered offense, from what I have seen (no doubt you would know better), running the ball and playing defense was always y’alls bread and butter.

    Out of 60 1st place ap votes, Bama got 54. The AP is not a southern entity.

  44. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jan 11, 2012 5:52 PM

    @ Deb

    I have no problem with defensive football,. but it still remains that there is no way the game “is supposed to be played.” The game has rules, and other than following those rules, you can do whatever the hell you want. There simply is no right or wrong way to play football – the only thing that matters is winning. Even if your style of football wins a lot of games, it does not mean it is the “right way” to play. With the right schemes, personnel, and system there’s any number of ways to win. Of course I’m not saying forget about the defense and just put up as many points as you can, all I’m saying is that there is no ultimate way to play football, and to say so discourages creativity and outside thinking. If everyone played the same way the game would be monotonous and boring.

  45. Deb says: Jan 11, 2012 11:06 PM

    Thump, thump … is this thing on? You have no problem with defensive football? Gee, that’s big of you. That’s required by the rules. And what’s required by the rules is the way the game is–all together now–supposed to be played.

    Not sure what you’re talking about, but I’m talking about playing both sides of the ball … as required by the rules. It may be monotonous and boring, but like they say, defense wins championships. Pretty tough to win without one. And no one–myself included–has suggested playing without an offense or playing a one-dimensional offense. You’ve just gotten it into your head what you think I’m saying and keep hammering on that point. I like creativity as much as the next person–on both sides of the ball. But you’ve got to pay attention to both sides of the ball.

  46. gators56 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:07 AM

    I wanted Kerwin Bell, but almost anyone is better than Crappdazzio and Slim boy “Weis”. Big knock on Muschamp for even hiring Weis. I hope Pease works out, but I am not convinced. This was his first year as BSU OC, and he may have been riding the talent wave from Harsin and Petersen, before jumping ship. If he was there OC for a few years and they were doing great things then I would be even more happy. I’m not complaining, but it is a questionable hire.

  47. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 9:20 AM

    It has got to be a step up from Weiss, no matter what. He might have just been coaching the previous OC’s personnel, but he still managed to get them playing together and winning, so I think it is probably a good hire. He will have a bunch of good kids to coach, so you have got to at least give him a year or so to see what he can do with these guys.
    Mushcamp, I believe is still a project for Florida so he needs good people around him that can do a good job at the various coordinator positions. I think Weiss and he were like water and oil together. Weiss was just interviewing the whole year for his next HC job, because he alone, doesn’t communicate well with the young kids, as was seen at Notre Dame, so this way, he can surround himself with good assistants and let them do the communicating and he can just be a CEO of a team.

  48. gators56 says: Jan 17, 2012 3:25 PM

    I do like the fact that Pease has been part of a successful program for several years, coaching up the kids. Florida has had stellar recruits on offense and since Tebow has gone – their performance is in the bottom 1/3 of all BCS schools. That is just sad.

    So I’m excited that they have a College coach (not an NFL guy) who has been successful recently. Gators will be a much better team next year. The pieces are all there.

  49. jason1214 says: Jan 17, 2012 7:15 PM


    “Play USC, be a man

    Play Oregon

    Play Stanford


    Wake me when ANY of those schools schedule a home and home series with ANY SEC school, much less LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, etc, etc, etc.

  50. pb420 says: Jan 18, 2012 3:14 PM

    As a Gator, I’m very optimistic of the Pease hire, as he has a lot of energy and creativity, as opposed to Charlie Weis, who was, well, Charlie Weis. I just couldn’t stomach seeing him slouching on the sidelines any longer. Oh well, we gave him the benefit of the doubt, the parting of ways was beneficial and mutual to both parties, and wish him well at KU. Does anyone know if Pease was the OC for Boise St during the infamous Boise St OU fiesta bowl? The article said he was on the coaching staff since ’06, didn’t know if he held the OC title for that whole time though.

  51. woebegong says: Jan 18, 2012 3:22 PM

    I believe he has only been an OC at Boise for one year. Before that he was a position coach at various offensive positions.

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