Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Despite Jared Lorenzen knock, Florida Gators' Brent Pease looks back fondly on days with Kentucky Wildcats

No hard feelings.

Despite taking a shot at his former school during the summer and being on the receiving end of a war of words with former Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen, Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said he has fond memories of his time as offensive coordinator at Kentucky (2001-02) and that Saturday's game against the Wildcats is not personal.

"Two or three of my best friends still live there," Pease said. "It's another game. I've got a lot of respect for that place because I worked there, and I really love Lexington, and I've still got a lot of friends that are in the administration there that worked closely with me and helped me out. I wish them success."

Pease told a booster gathering in Ocala in July that the Gators might be "trying to get 50 points" on Kentucky when the two meet. Pease backed away from that this week saying, "I had fun and was responding to a question."

The comment elicited a small Twitter war with Lorenzen, whom Pease coached during his time at Kentucky. "Seriously, Brent Pease at Florida? He's freaking crazy and was brutal at UK when I was there," Lorenzen tweeted.

Pease downplayed the incident.

"It's free-speech America," he said this week. "I like Jared. He's a good kid. He did a great job playing when I was there. He actually did a fabulous job, he and Shane Boyd were the quarterbacks.

As for his time at Kentucky, basketball games at Rupp Arena rank high among the memories.

"I loved going to the games, it was awesome," Pease said. "Rupp Arena, Ashley Judd. She was always there. So, yeah, I was definitely a 'Cat fan and Tubby (Smith) was the coach at the time. I enjoyed it."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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