Nov 30, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterbacks Anthony Boone (7) and Brandon Connette (18) with quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper after the game. The Duke Blue Devils defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 27-25 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Florida will hire Duke's Kurt Roper as Offensive Coordinator


Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has been hired by Florida to the same position, as confirmed by numerous sources:


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.

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