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Duke OC officially added to Muschamp’s Gator staff

Kurt Roper

David Cutcliffe‘s longtime right-hand man will be the latest to attempt to get Florida’s floundering offense back to at least mediocre.

Confirming reports that surfaced earlier this week, the Gators announced that head coach Will Muschamp has hired Kurt Roper as his newest and latest offensive coordinator.  In addition to his coordinating duties, Roper will also serve as the Gators’ quarterbacks coach.

Roper replaces Brent Pease, who was fired after just two seasons on the job.

“I’m excited to have Coach Roper join our staff,” said Muschamp in a statement. “He has a diverse, up-tempo background on offense and does a good job of adapting to what the players do best. The most important thing though, is he has always remained balanced. He has had success calling plays in the SEC and has tutored three NFL quarterbacks. He has had players produce at every offensive position and he is one of the most well-respected coaches in the country.”

Roper, who has spent the past six seasons at Duke, has extensive experience in the SEC.  Prior to his time with the Blue Devils, Roper had served as an assistant on coaching staffs at Tennessee (2005; 1996-98), Kentucky (2002-04) and Ole Miss (1998-2004).

Roper is expected to remain with Duke through its Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl game against Texas A&M before moving on to Gainesville.

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6 Responses to “Duke OC officially added to Muschamp’s Gator staff”
  1. mydixienormus says: Dec 26, 2013 10:52 AM

    Please help me out Gator fans. This is the third offense of coordinator in four years? Correct?

  2. mydixienormus says: Dec 26, 2013 10:54 AM

    I am actually excited to see an up-tempo attack combined with a decent defense in the SEC.

  3. crazycane says: Dec 26, 2013 10:59 AM

    Just in case you were wondering Cutcliffe does not come with Roper so I will sit here and LMAO at the Gators.

    No one of value will go take a one yar job when the entire staff’s future lays in their hands.

  4. modhairken says: Dec 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    Well, that is the missing piece, Foley! Great hire if UF was Division III.

    If I was a recruit and my only offer was from UF, I’d just go to Keiser U and become a dental hygienist.

  5. pmaxhen says: Dec 26, 2013 2:57 PM

    mydixienormus as opposed to what? There were quite a few teams playing up tempo this season. This guy was also an OC at UT in the 90’s and part of the last decade.

  6. stopthemadness101 says: Dec 26, 2013 7:56 PM

    It’s gonna take an ACC coach to bailing out an SEC program to save Muschamp’s job. Delicious irony…

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