Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has been hired by Florida to the same position, as confirmed by numerous sources:
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 24, 2013
Roper will attempt to rebuild a Florida offense that was a disaster this year; the Gators scored just 18.8 points a game and were 106th in passing and 86th rushing. As a result, Florida failed to keep up with the offense-heavy SEC and finished just 4-8 on the season, including a 7-game losing streak to close out the year.
Meanwhile, at Duke, Roper continued moving forward in the rebuilding process. The Blue Devils rode a balanced and efficient offensive attack to a 10-3 record, finishing the year 63rd in passing yards, 59th in rushing yards, and 50th in scoring. Roper’s offense even managed to post 48 points against a Miami (FL) squad, the same one that beat Florida early in the season, 21-16.
The good news that comes out of this is that Roper will still be around to coach the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which is now just a week away. Outside of that, the loss of Roper hurts; he was a hell of a coach, and seemed well-liked by the players and staff alike. He orchestrated an offense that produced two NFL quarterbacks (Thad Lewis, Sean Renfree) and played a big part in the rise of the program.
I wish him the best of luck at Florida, where I’m sure he will do a hell of a job.