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Florida fires two assistants following dreadful season

ICYMI: The updated story on the firings of offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.

Cbssports.com(Brent Pease | courtesy cbssports.com)

GAINESVILLE -- Well that didn’t take long.

A day removed from Florida’s worst home loss ever to Florida State -- a 37-7 thrashing -- UF coach Will Muschamp decided change couldn’t wait.

The Gators fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis early Sunday afternoon, confirming weeks of speculation and scapegoating.

"I have a lot of respect for Coach Pease and Coach Davis,'' Muschamp said in an official statement. "They are both good football coaches and even better people. There have been a lot of unfortunate circumstances this year, but that is part of the game sometimes. I want to thank each of them for their contributions to the program both on and off the field."

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(Tim Davis | courtesy UF Communications)

The Gators (4-8), who ended the season on a seven-game losing streak, will conduct a search for an offensive coordinator for the third time in four years.

Pease, a veteran coordinator at Kentucky and Boise State before coming to Florida in 2012, presided over a unit that ended the year ranked No. 114 nationally and last in the Southeastern Conference in total yards (316.7 ypg), average play (4.79 ypp), scoring offense (18.8 ppg), touchdowns (19) and red zone offense (44 percent).

UF’s attack was decimated by injuries -- two quarterbacks, a starting tailback, three offensive tackles -- but its weekly “ineptitude” was too much to overlook, according to Muschamp.

Muschamp called Florida’s offensive struggles “infectious” following the team’s humiliating loss to FCS-foe Georgia Southern two weeks ago.

The contagion spread to UF’s once-impenetrable defense, which was shredded through the air and on the ground over the final month of the season.

“The offense is just three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out,” sophomore defensive end Jon Bullard frustratingly admitted after UF’s season-ending thumping to FSU.

“Give us 21 a game,” he said. “If they can do that, then I would put the blame on us if they score 21 points or over. Hopefully change for the better, because what we're doing right now just ain't working.”

Pease, who was under contract through 2015 and owed roughly 1.2 million, said earlier last week he deserved another season based on so many extenuating circumstances.

But for the third straight season Florida’s offense finished the year ranked in the bottom-20 nationally in total yards -- the last two seasons under Pease’s control -- and failed to score over 20 points during the team’s longest losing streak in 34 years.

"I know we came up short of our ultimate goal, but I will carry on knowing I gained valuable friendships and relationships during my time here,” Pease said in UF’s official statement.

Against FSU, Florida tallied less than 200 yards for the second time this season and nearly had as many drives under four plays (six) as first downs (eight). Afterwards, Muschamp refused to comment on any potential coaching changes but acknowledged a reevaluation of UF’s offensive philosophy.

“We need to take a look at ourselves schematically with what we’re doing,” Muschamp said. “There have been some things that have happened that are very difficult to overcome, but schematically, there’s no question we need to take a look at ourselves.”

Muschamp also dismissed the notion he only prefers a grind it out, ball-control offense is wrong.

“Perception’s not always reality,” Muschamp said. “I’m willing to do what we need to do to score points and win games.”

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All of a sudden he is willing to do what it takes to score points and win games? Where was that attitude 8 games ago? Muschamp must go too. After next season Foley will fire muschamp like a bad janitor. He should have already done it. Its gonna be the same as when Coker fired kehoe and company,they got the same coach next season. Muschamp just cant coach.

Scapegoat firings never work out with a bad head coach. Go ahead and get rid of the problem. Muschamp will only bring down the gators. He could win with meyers talent but cant win with his own recruits. We are doomed to a 4-5 winseason next year too. We got beat by DIVll geargia southern! With all DIVl talent, thats coaching folks. Well atleast we play in the east. Which reminds me, how can two middle of the pack Big12 teams come in and dominate the sec? Sheds a lot of light on conference strength.

Sidcane and Gallo posting under new names, above.

These fools are sad.

Excellent decision firing both of these guys. Last year, without the injuries, our offense still stunk, we just had a monster defense.

We still had a great defense this year (not nearly as good though), but those guys lost morale thanks to an offense that (as Bullard said) goes 3 and out every time.

If anything else, get rid of the Strength and Conditioning coach. These guys get injured too easily.

Looking forward to next season.

GO GATORS!

Sad is the teacher in the MDCPS who thinks speaking like a ghetto rat is ok.

Are U really looking forward to next season with the same players ,same hc, and yet another gameplan to learn from a new o coordinator with commits dropping like flies? Well at least suckio accepts it.

Jlo think all the UFraud needs is a kicker. Well, that and that Grier is the new savior. Just like Brantley and Driskel and we saw how that turned out.

Strap it on, Gatr maggots, you have a bumpy several years ahead of you with the mediocre Big 12 now SEC LEast killers Mizzou on your sked.

Lol, middle of the pack big12 Missouri and ta&m own the sec.

Gallo, last night yo mama nibbled on my sack like a ghetto rat!

Morons try to come up with something new, something original, better yet stop trying and just go away.
TAM is actually the 4th best team in the SEC West and we beat them last year. So much for "owning" anything.
Interestingly, TAM is projected to be the cane trash bowl opponent. If so, you will see who gets owned.
Typical Miami Moron talks so much and very little of it is worthwhile, true or useful in any way.
Again with the scapegoating. If your unit sucks and the following year sucks worse then you need to be fired. Period. We are better off now that a change has been made.

Jlo, your HC is the issue, he just plain out cant coach, eh. He is psychotic on the sidelines and obviously ran out of the $400 handshakes, eh. Just wish you could see the real gator team and that is of 4-5 wins every year, what say you eh.

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