According to original reports from ESPN, Florida will hire Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper to serve the same position for the Gators.
Roper will replace Brent Pease, who was fired after Florida’s woeful 4-8 season. He will coach the Blue Devils in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M on Dec. 31.
The offensive coordinator has been in Durham since 2008 and vastly improved Duke’s offense along the way. This season, the Blue Devils averaged 408.1 yards per game in total offense, which ranked 68th nationally, and 31.6 points per game, ranking 50th. They captured their first ACC Coastal Division title, enjoyed a 10-win season (a school record) and will appear in back-to-back bowls for the first time in school history. Roper’s other titles at Duke include assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.
Roper has also had coaching experience in the SEC, specifically Ole Miss, Tennessee (where he guided All-American Eli Manning to earn the number one pick in the 2004 NFL Draft) and Kentucky. He has coached 10 bowls in total.
Roper is tasked with turning around a Florida offense which ranked 114th nationally in points scored with an average of 18.8 per game in 2013. In addition, Florida was ranked last in the SEC in total offense with 316.7 yards per game.