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Gators OC Brent Pease says he will not address Kentucky rumors during season

Nearing the end of his first season as Florida's offensive coordinator, Brent Pease is becoming a hot name for the number of head coaching jobs set to open at season's end.

Pease, however, on Tuesday said he will not address during the season any rumors of taking the Kentucky job or leaving Florida after just one year.

I'm not going to approach it in-season at all," he said. "If the opportunity comes up afterward, I'd do whatever's appropriate at that time."

"That situation is out of the question right now because I haven't heard anything. I wouldn't do that. I'm focused on here. I've only been here one year. I've made a commitment to be here, especially with my family. ... Ask me that question later when something happens, I guess. I can't comment on a ghost story right now."

But Pease that he would certainly hear Kentucky out if atheletic director Mitch Barnhart comes calling.

"I mean, you always visit with people," Pease said. "That's what we're in the profession for."

Kentucky on Sunday announced that coach Joker Phillips will not return next season, and soon thereafter Pease's name popped up in an article by Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde theorizing the potential candidates for the job. Pease spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons in Lexington serving as the Wildcats' offensive coordinator, and Forde named Pease as a likely candidate.

"Sources tell Yahoo! Sports that the candidate list includes Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, plus several college offensive coordinators. Among those believed to be interested in the job are Florida's Brent Pease and Texas Tech's Neal Brown, both of whom have ties to UK – Pease as a former assistant and Brown as a player."

Florida coach Will Muschamp has endorsed Pease twice now, saying that he would be in favor of any of his assistants getting an opportunity for advancement.

"Brent certainly an outstanding football coach," Muschamp said Monday. "Any opportunity he has as a head coach I know that I will fully endorse that as well as Jeremy Foley our athletic director, and our president. He is a really good football coach and that goes for any of our coaches. If they have an opportunity to be a head coach I am all for it."

Pease, despite dispelling any rumors, had positive things to say about Kentucky and its program.

"I think it's a good program. I've been there. They've got great people," He said. "They've got a great program and the facilities are good. They're committed to winning. And they have won. They won when we were there, when I was there on staff. They won when Rich Brooks was there. You can get good kids there."


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