Florida hires Duke's Roper as new OC

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm •  Published: December 24, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kurt Roper's lengthy interview at Florida must have been impressive.

Roper has agreed to leave Duke to become the offensive coordinator for the Gators, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the hiring has not been announced.

Roper spent several hours with Florida coach Will Muschamp in Gainesville on Monday. He is expected to remain with the Blue Devils through the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.

ESPN was the first to report the decision.

A Florida spokesman declined comment when reached by The Associated Press.

Roper replaces Brent Pease, who was fired the day after Florida (4-8) completed its first losing season since 1979. Florida's offense ranked 112th nationally — the third straight year it placed 100th or worse.

Muschamp also fired offensive line coach Tim Davis.

Muschamp's next offensive coordinator had been considered the most important hire in his tenure, a choice that surely will impact whether the head coach sticks around beyond 2014.

If Florida doesn't show significant improvement in Muschamp's fourth year — he is 22-16 through three seasons — athletic director Jeremy Foley certainly will clean house.

Muschamp had been expected to interview several potential candidates, a couple even after the bowl season. But he wasted little time offering Roper the job, although many believe Southern California's Clay Helton was Florida's top choice. Helton decided last week to stay at USC under new coach Steve Sarkisian.

Roper, meanwhile, followed coach David Cutcliffe to Duke in 2008 from Tennessee and helped rebuild the Blue Devils from one of the nation's worst power-conference programs to the champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division.



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