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Back to the well: Roper hired as Gators OC?

GAINESVILLE -- The last time Florida poached an offensive coach from Duke it worked out quite well.

Could it happen again?

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Well about a lengthy wait...

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I was told there is unlikely to be an official announcement during the holidays but that "could change."

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While I don't know the validity of others' sources, this much is definitely true: Muschamp knows he must hit a home run with this hire. Patience and prudence are key, as Muschamp's future at Florida rests on the success of UF's next OC. Other factors are in play here too. Many candidates are presumably off the board after receiving raises, extensions or head coaching jobs, while others may not be cleared to interview until after their school's bowl game. Same goes for potential NFL suitors. ...

...According to CoachingSearch.com and Flight Finder, Gators head coach Will Muschamp interviewed Blue Devils offensive coordinator Kurt Roper for the same position Monday. Screen shot 2013-12-23 at 11.35.16 AM

According to the travel history on the University Athletic Association's private plane, the UAA jet left the Gainesville Regional airport at 4:30 a.m., arriving in Raleigh, NC shortly before 6 a.m. The plane quickly departed Raleigh-Durham International and arrived back in Gainesville just after 8 a.m. 

Duke's attack ranked No. 69 nationally in total offense (408.1 y/g) and Roper was named a finalist for the Broyles Coaching Award as the nation's top assistant.

Roper has been a longtime offensive Lieutenant of Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe. He has extensive experience in the Southeastern Conference, starting his career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee (1996-98), working as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Ole Miss (1999-04) and serving as Kentucky's quarterbacks coach for a lone season (2005). 

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