While there is movement on the front to find a new offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators, fans shouldn’t expect a hire until after the Jan. 1 bowl games.
Muschamp reportedly met with Duke OC Kurt Roper on Monday. Despite the meeting, no offer has been made to Roper, or to any other coach, according to Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun. Dooley explained the following:
While the speculation continues to swirl, aimlessly in most cases, Florida football fans are going to have to be patient when it comes to the Gators hiring an offensive coordinator. Multiple sources told me that it will be after the Jan. 1 bowl games before an offer is made to anyone. Which is basically what Will Muschamp said weeks ago. A source also told me there have been no offers made to anyone and that, while Muschamp has talked to several possible coordinators, including Duke offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Kurt Roper in Gainesville on Monday, he still has others to talk to and they won’t be freed up until after the Jan. 1 bowls.
This next hire by Muschamp is the most important of his career. Get it right, and he’ll continue to lead one of the most powerful football programs in the country; get it wrong, and Muschamp will likely be packing his bags in less than a year’s time. For that reason, he is taking his time to vet every possible solution to the Gators’ offensive problems.