Friday, April 20, 2018
Colleges

Florida interviews Duke OC Kurt Roper

Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper is interviewing for the same position at Florida, the Associated Press reported.

Roper was in Florida interviewing with the Gators on Monday, according to the AP. Florida isn't commenting publicly on its search.

Roper followed coach David Cutcliffe to Duke in 2008 from Tennessee and helped rebuild the Blue Devils from one of the nation's worst power-conference programs to the champions of the ACC's Coastal Division.

Roper was a finalist this year for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach. He helped the 22nd-ranked Blue Devils set a school record for wins and earn a spot in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against No. 20 Texas A&M on Dec. 31 in Atlanta.

Before coming to Durham, he coached at three SEC, Tennessee (2006-07), Kentucky (2005) and Mississippi with Cutcliffe (1999-2004).

Florida is looking for a replacement for offensive coordinator Brent Pease. He and offensive line coach Tim Davis were fired less than 24 hours after the Gators (4-8) wrapped up their first losing season since 1979.

Pease and Davis were the primary scapegoats for a season in which Florida ranked 112th in total offense, the third straight year it placed 100th or worse.

QB PROTESTS DISMISSAL: Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick said he was unfairly dismissed from the Hawaii Bowl, arguing he was falsely accused of urinating from a hotel balcony. Southwick, a senior who was sent home Friday by interim head coach Bob Gregory, took a polygraph test after arriving in Boise in his bid to prove his innocence, a local television station reported. Southwick said the results indicated he was telling the truth.

MALZAHN TOP COACH: Gus Malzahn, who inherited a demoralized Auburn team and led it to the SEC title and BCS championship game, was named the Associated Press national coach of the year. Malzahn received 33 votes to 17 for Cutcliffe.

COLORADO ST.: Defensive line coach Greg Lupfer was suspended without pay for two weeks for using a gay slur when yelling at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday in the New Mexico Bowl last weekend.

GEORGIA: Strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons' second suspension of the season will prevent him from playing in the No. 23 Bulldogs' Gator Bowl game against Nebraska. He and backup cornerback Sheldon Dawson were suspended by coach Mark Richt for undisclosed violations of team rules.

MICHIGAN: Coach Brady Hoke said quarterback Devin Gardner is still slowed by a turf toe injury and might not play in Saturday's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Freshman Shane Morris will start if Gardner is unable to go.

SMU: Coach June Jones agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2017. Jones won two Conference USA championships with the Mustangs, who went 5-7 in their first season in the American Athletic Conference.

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