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UF’s Pease Sets Site On Bright Future, National Championship

Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease couldn’t provide fireworks in his first season in Gainesville, but this Christmas season he is providing hope.  Football-style hope for Gator fans that is:

 

“These kids, you start getting attached and seeing what they’re doing.  There’s still work to be done.  The future is bright.  And for me, there is a lot to accomplish here.  And there’s still a goal I want to accomplish in winning a national championship or winning an SEC title and all that.

And I like it here.  I like the people I work with.  I really like the kids.”

 

The Gainesville Sun suggests that Pease’s name will come up with regards to head coaching searches, as it briefly did with the Kentucky opening.  Pease said “there was just minimal conversation” with the Wildcats and that he “wasn’t Plan A… maybe I wasn’t Plan B.”

Pease had been the offensive coordinator at Boise State before landing at Florida last offseason.  But while UF finished 11-1 and ranked #3 in the final BCS standings, defense was the team’s calling card in 2012.  The Gators finished 12th in the 14-team SEC in total offense with just 338 yards per game (328 versus league foes only).  For comparison, Texas A&M’s go-go offense posted 546 per game versus SEC defenses this past season (218 yards-per-game more than Florida).

The future may indeed be bright, but Pease — who’s also been a coordinator at Montana, Northern Arizona, Kentucky and Baylor during his career — will likely have to improve his squad’s offensive numbers or else Gator fans might start wishing he would land a head coaching job.

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Forget LSU’s Earlier Denials; Kragthorpe’s The Guy

A few reports yesterday claimed that Steve Kragthorpe had been hired as LSU’s new offensive coordinator.  But as we told you this morning, the Tigers’ media relations department said those reports weren’t true and that Les Miles wasn’t expected to announce a decision until next week.

Nevermind.  Kragthorpe’s the guy and everyone in the Pelican State knows it.  Whether LSU will admit it or not.

Former Tulsa and Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe will replace Gary Crowton in Baton Rouge and “a source close to the program” has confirmed the hiring to The Baton Rouge Advocate.

TigerBait.com is reporting the same thing.  Ditto The New Orleans Times Picayune.

Kragthorpe has been an offensive coordinator at Northern Arizona, North Texas and Texas A&M in addition to his two FBS head coaching jobs.  He also served for two years as the Buffalo Bills’ quarterbacks coach.

Tiger fans wanting to hear good things about your new coach, we suggest you talk to Tulsa backers… not Louisville fans.

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