Duke's Kurt Roper a candidate for Gators' vacant OC position
Duke assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Kurt Roper is in Gainesville today interviewing for the vacant offensive coordinator's position.
Roper, 41, arrived in Gainesville early Monday morning.
The former three-year letterwinner at Rice began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee. He has been at Duke since 2008.
In 2012 under Roper, the Duke offense set a school single-season record 410 points and 31.5 points per game, the fifth-highest total in school history.
This past season, Duke won 10 games for the first time in school history and advanced to the ACC Championship game before losing to Florida State.
Duke's offense averaged 31.6 points per game - sixth in the ACC. The Blue Devils were also sixth in the league in total offense, averaging 408.1 yards per game.
The Gators' offensive coordinator's search took an interesting turn this past weekend. USC offensive coordinator Clay Helton was regarded to be among the top contenders for the job, but after USC defeated Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl this past Saturday, new Trojans' coach Steve Sarkisian announced Helton would be staying at USC.
Roper has SEC experience outside of Tennessee. He worked under former Ole Miss and current Duke head coach David Cutcliffe for sixt years at Mississippi, helping the Rebels to a 44-29 record and four bowl game victories. Roper coached the quarterbacks all six years at Ole Miss and was the passing game coordinator for his final three seasons. One of his players during that span was Eli Manning.