UPDATE (4:20 pm): Associated Press’s Mark Long has reported that Roper has left Gainesville and is returning to North Carolina without an offer. Long said that Muschamp is yet to make an offer to anyone. I still fully expect Roper to receive an offer at some point.
News has broke that Duke offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Kurt Roper is in Florida meeting with Will Muschamp to discuss Roper possibly becoming the next OC for the struggling Gators program.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 23, 2013
For Florida, this would be a smart move; Roper has been a vital part of the rise of Duke football, working with head coach David Cutcliffe to turn the previously miserable unit into one of the more balanced and efficient offenses in the ACC.
This year, the Blue Devils have put averages of 31.6 points (50th), 234.4 passing yards (63rd), and 173.7 rushing yards (59th).
Meanwhile, Florida failed to keep up with the explosive offenses of the SEC, losing seven straight games to end the season, resulting in a 4-8 finish and the need for a big mixup on the coaching front.
They finished near the bottom in most offensive categories, including scoring (114th) and passing yards (106th), two areas that dominated the SEC this season.