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, ESPN.com 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.