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Report: Florida meets with Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper

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According to multiple reports (and as first reported by Coaching Search’s Pete Roussel), Florida coach Will Muschamp is meeting with Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper on Monday morning.

Florida is in desperate need of a quality offensive coordinator after its attack languished under Brent Pease in 2013’s 4-8 debacle. Roper, a Broyles Award finalist this year, has a reputation of developing quarterbacks — which, it would seem, is exactly what Florida needs going forward.

Roper has served as David Cutcliffe’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach/assistant head coach at Duke since 2008. He’s coached with Cutcliffe for quite some time, going back to the pair’s days at Ole Miss when Roper nurtured the growth of Eli Manning in Oxford. Roper also spent time at Kentucky (quarterbacks, 2005) and Tennessee (running backs, 2006-2007) before heading to Duke.

Correction: The article originally stated Florida had interviewed Kerwin Bell, when that interview took place in 2011. The author apologizes for the error.

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11 Responses to “Report: Florida meets with Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper”
  1. halbert53 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:25 AM

    Any OC candidate might want to check with Charlie Strong to see if they will still have a job after Muschamp is fired, otherwise it would be a one-year gig more than likely.

  2. tubaplayingprof says: Dec 23, 2013 11:29 AM

    Moving companies and real estate agents in college towns must love this time of year

  3. mitchem85 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:14 PM

    Tuba, why? That’s why people rent

  4. thefiesty1 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:27 PM

    There may be a Major Applewhite -Muschamp get together after Texas gets off the spot and selects (buys) a new head coach.

  5. erockfox says: Dec 23, 2013 12:44 PM

    Notre Dame>Boise State>Duke……

    Where’s the OC after this one going to come from? Savannah State?

  6. sparty0n says: Dec 23, 2013 1:35 PM

    Anyone in need of a quality OC should look at Don Treadwell, fired from Miami (OH). He was a great OC for MSU.

  7. irishdodger says: Dec 23, 2013 2:05 PM


    Technically the first two OCs came from:

    the unemployment line & Texas

  8. irishdodger says: Dec 23, 2013 2:42 PM

    EDIT: oops, I was confusing Pease w/ Bryan Harsin so erockfox was half right in that Pease came from BSU but Charlie was unemployed.

  9. onlyoneleft says: Dec 23, 2013 4:01 PM

    I thinks he needs to do serious thinking before joining Muschump.

  10. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 23, 2013 6:56 PM

    Florida having a hard time finding a good OC. I guess people will have a hard time moving their families for such an insecure situation. Lane Kiffin is available. ..for better or worse.

  11. kramh58 says: Dec 24, 2013 3:31 PM

    Never thought I’d see the time when Fla would have to “hunt” for a coach at any position. Even with Zook they’d be standing in line to be part of the Gator Nation. A new Head Coach is what Foley should be looking for.

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