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Report: Gators set to hire Duke’s Kurt Roper as OC

Kurt Roper

One day after reportedly meeting with Florida, Kurt Roper will reportedly have a new home in 2014.

ESPN.com confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the Duke offensive coordinator will be hired to fill the same role with the Gators.  An announcement is expected later this week, the website stated.

If the hiring comes to fruition, Roper would replace Brent Pease, who was fired shortly after the end of the 2013 season following two very unproductive seasons in Gainesville.

Roper has been with the Blue Devils since 2008 and was a Broyles Award finalist in 2013.  This year, Roper directed a Duke offense that finished the regular season 49th in scoring (31.6 points per game) and 68th in total yards (408.1 yards per game).

While that doesn’t exactly scream “Baylor” or “Oregon,” it’s vastly superior to anything that’s happened offensively for the Gators since 2009.  In the four seasons since — one under Urban Meyer, three under Will Muschamp — Florida has not averaged more than 30 points per game or more than 350 yards per game in a single season.  2013 was absolute rock-bottom as the Gators finished the regular season T-111th at 18.8 points per game, 112th in total offense at 316.7 yards per game and 107th in passing offense at 170.9 yards per game.

(Photo credit: Duke athletics)

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9 Responses to “Report: Gators set to hire Duke’s Kurt Roper as OC”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 24, 2013 4:34 PM

    Now, they need to recruit a good QB, to fit into the new coaches system. I don’t think the top two QB’s they have on the roster right now are the answer to their offensive woes.
    If this guy can make a winner out of Dukes offense, he should be able to do so with the talent they recruit at Florida. If not, then it is time to send Ole Willie the Mush man packing.

  2. jimbo75025 says: Dec 24, 2013 5:45 PM

    Well for UF fans I hope this works out.

    Roper has worked under one of the best offensive minds in football (Cutcliffe). I am just curious how much of the Duke O Roper designed though.

  3. millsieg says: Dec 24, 2013 5:45 PM

    Unfortunate aspect of success is that it brings opportunity. Duke Basketball is a top 3 Program at worst. Seeing Duke Football in same mold will be a tough go. Keeping the coaches that bring a successful season vital.

  4. canetic says: Dec 24, 2013 5:47 PM

    Not a smart move on his part. Muschamp will be gone after next year and he’ll be out of work too. He should have held out for a more stable position or even a head coaching gig.

  5. meatcarroll says: Dec 24, 2013 7:04 PM

    Looks more like a Kurt Raper to me, judging from that picture.

  6. jshaffer23 says: Dec 25, 2013 10:12 AM

    I was really hoping for someone bigger, but I guess given the situation it’s understandable that most coaches don’t want to risk being fired a year after being hired. Hopefully this one can work out.

  7. florida727 says: Dec 25, 2013 7:49 PM

    Bigger problem for Roper than this potentially being a one-year gig (if Will gets canned, the new guy will bring in his own hand-picked OC), is that if he doesn’t get immediate results, all his good work at Duke will get wiped out. And when was the last time ANY coach took someone else’s talent and turned them into an immediate success?

    The Gators needed to clean house. Bring in a new head coach, let him hand-pick his own OC, and let them turn things around TOGETHER over the course of 2 or 3 years. A coach here, a coach there, that’s NOT a recipe for success.

  8. modhairken says: Dec 26, 2013 12:29 AM

    I bet this guy got a huge pay increase. Otherwise, why take a one year gig? Muschamp is not a head coach. He can’t control his emotions. And all this crap about him being a great recruiter? Who is left? These great recruits are invisible after national signing day.

    Foley — you did this. Your legacy will be driving the bus into a ditch.

  9. 700levelvet says: Dec 26, 2013 3:00 AM

    Obviously he’s hard up for money… Everyone’s gotta do what they gotta do… Deep huh

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