Florida Replaces Charlie Weis With Boise State's Brent Pease

Florida's found itself a new offensive coordinator, bringing in Brent Pease of Boise State.

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Brent Pease Officially Named Next Florida Offensive Coordinator

The Florida Gators have officially replaced Charlie Weis with Boise St. Broncos offensive coordinator Brent Pease, the school announced Wednesday. Thus ends a reported battle with the Alabama Crimson Tide for the coach, who was expected to make a visit to Tuscaloosa at some point this week. He probably won't do that now, you see.

Pease has some SEC experience, having worked two years with the Kentucky Wildcats (meaning he ran UK's portion of the famous Bluegrass Miracle game against LSU, whose defensive coordinator at the time was current Gators coach Will Muschamp). Here he is commenting on that experience at joining forces with Muschamp:

"Being back in the SEC, working with Will and knowing what his future plan is, knowing the type of personality he has were factors," Pease said. "He's a lot of what I like. It's an opportunity to coach great players. You get the best. With what I've done offensively, it kind of fits what his philosophy is. That's the greatest thing.

"I know what he wants and can work within those parameters. And there are some good guys on staff there."

Before taking over Boise State's offense, Pease spent four years as the Broncos assistant head coach and wide receivers coach. He's also coached at Baylor and Northern Arizona, and played quarterback in the NFL, Arena League and WLAF. Shout out to everybody who remembers the WLAF.

For more on the Florida Gators and the hiring of Bren Pease, visit SB Nation's Florida blog Alligator Army.

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Florida Hires Boise State OC Brent Pease, According To Report

The Florida Gators have been on the hunt for their offensive coordinators after Charlie Weiss left to be the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. The Gators have found their guy in Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Pease has agreed to a three-year deal worth a little more than $500,000, the person said, on par with what other play-callers are making in the Southeastern Conference Pease replaces Charlie Weis, who left last month to take the head job at Kansas.

The Gators met with Pease last Friday, and the interview seemingly went so well that Pease cancelled an interview with national champion Alabama.

Pease has had stops as the offensive coordinator for the Kentucky Wildcats in 2001 and with the Baylor Bears from 2003 to 2005 before heading to Boise State. Under Pease, Boise State has ranked as one of the top offenses in the country passing the football and scoring points. In the 2011 season, the Broncos finished 11th in the country passing the football and fifth in the country in scoring with 44.3 points per game. Both were areas where the Gators struggled in 2011 under offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.

For more on the Florida Gators and the hiring of Bren Pease, visit SB Nation's Florida blog Alligator Army.

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Brent Pease Likely Leaving Boise State For Florida, According To Reports

Here we have reports from both sides of the aisle that Boise St. Broncos offensive coordinator Brent Pease will leave to take over the Florida Gators offense. First, Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman, and then Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun:

Bronco Beat@IDS_BroncoBeat Offensive coordinator Brent Pease has decided to leave Boise State, destination TBA, likely Florida, a source tells me. Also has Bama offer

Pat Dooley@pat_dooley Looks like Brent Pease new Florida OC.

That was fast! It was only days ago that Robbie Andreu reported both Florida and the Alabama Crimson Tide had interest. If true, it will be instantly recognized as an outstanding hire by Will Muschamp and should set the Gators on the road to a rapid recovery.

According to Cripe, wide receivers coach Robert Prince is expected to take over at BSU.

Regarding the question of whether Pease can construct a game plan capable of scoring on SEC defenses, let's recall what he did to this year's No. 5 defense in the country earlier in the year:

For more on the parties involved, visit Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God,Florida blog Alligator Army and Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll.

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Boise State's Brent Pease A Top OC Target For Alabama And Florida, According To Report

Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease is suddenly the talk of the SEC, according to a report.

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Will Muschamp Interviews Kerwin Bell For Florida's Offensive Coordinator Position

Florida's search for its next offensive coordinator may not conclude until after the Gators take on Ohio State in the Gator Bowl in January — Will Muschamp's professed interest in having a coach with NFL experience may mean that he will wait to hire someone until after current NFL coaches become available for interviews — but the Gators have interviewed at least one target. Michael DiRocco of ESPN's GatorNation blog reports that Muschamp interviewed Kerwin Bell ($), Jacksonville University head coach, on Wednesday.

Bell has been a fashionable choice for some Florida fans; he was a Florida quarterback in the 1980s, and his system borrows from Steve Spurrier, who he served under as a graduate assistant. And Bell's had success in low-level Florida football, both as a coach at Trinity Catholic High, where he helped make John Brantley a coveted recruit, and Jacksonville, where he has been the head coach since 2007.

For more on Florida, head to Gators blog Alligator Army.

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Stefon Diggs Unsure If He'll Visit Florida Gators

Stefon Diggs, one of the top wide receivers in the country out of Olney, Maryland's Good Counsel is unsure if he'll be able to take a visit to see the Florida Gators:

So that's important. RT @CaseyGoldstein: Diggs said he's not sure of he'll make it to see the #Gators. Depends who Florida hires at OC.
Dec 12 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

This is potentially big news, because many insiders believed that UF led for Diggs' services before the departure of Charlie Weis.

He holds legitimate offers from just about every program in the country, and took the time to visit many of them. In the end, Diggs came down to Auburn, Florida, California, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, USC and Virginia.

At 6'0" and 185 pounds, Diggs has great speed and surprising toughness in tight spaces. I like him better at receiver than running back because he's more fast than quick. Diggs could be deadly on the deep routes. Diggs lacks polish and must do a better job being consistent and catching the football, but you just can't teach this speed at this size.

Diggs should be an immediate contributor for whichever team he chooses. Look for him to return kicks and punts as well.

For more on Florida Gators recruiting, visit Alligator Army.

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Florida Gators Recruiting: No Offensive Coordinator? No Problem

While many Gator fans were happy to see him go, the departure of Charlie Weis cast a cloud of uncertainty over Florida's recruiting on the offensive side of the ball. With many top recruits scheduled to visit last weekend, I wondered if they might reschedule. Consider the cloud lifted, as UF hosted a solid recruiting weekend even without its offensive coordinator.

Athlete Josh Harvey-Clemons enjoyed his visit to Florida, ESPN reports:

"It was good, very good," Harvey-Clemons said. "That’s a school where I can get some great playing time. They are losing some players. I love the staff. It’s a great defensive staff. I had a good time with all the players and the coaches. Everyone seems so genuine all around there. And they want to win, and Florida is going to get the players to win."

Out of Lowndes (Ga.) High, Harvey-Clemsons can play receiver, safety or linebacker. UF is looking at him on the defensive side of the football. He'll need a red-shirt season to add bulk (200 pounds soaking wet), but should be a star on special teams early in his career.

Florida has a huge need for defensive linemen, and while having the first visit is often a disadvantage, it seems the Gators did well with Darius Hamilton:

Darius Hamilton was very high on his #Florida official. His first one of the process.
Dec 12 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Hamilton is out of New Jersey, and Rutgers is thought to lead for his services. UF has a tough pull here.

And by the way, despite reports to the contrary, supserstar athlete Nelson Agholor did make it to Gainesville:

Going to dinner at coach muschamp house, me and money mike #feast
Dec 09 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

It appears Agholor reconsidered his decision to reschedule his visit. I'm not sure who "money mike" is.

And something that'll make UF fans really smile: JUCO nose guard Junior Salt (Utah) is scheduled to visit soon. Salt is 6'4" and 340 pounds. UF needs beef in the middle, and JUCO prospects typically don't waste time with cross-country trips to schools in which they are disinterested. This one is worth watching, as many believe it's UF or Cal for Salt.

For more on Florida Gators recruiting, turn to Alligator Army.

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Mike Shula Reportedly A Candidate To Replace Charlie Weis At Florida

Mike Shula is being targeted to replace Charlie Weis as Florida's OC, according to reports.

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Charlie Weis To Kansas: Everyone Is Happy (Especially Florida And Missouri Fans)

When rumors started spurting forth about Florida Gators offensive coordinator Charlie Weis accepting the Kansas Jayhawks head coaching job, SB Nation's college football team was breaking from its Atlanta meetings. Bud Elliott and I showed Spencer Hall, a devout Florida fan, the rumors at the same time. His reaction was recreated for this photograph -- the original was even more gleeful:

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To say this hire is being mocked would be an understatement. Kansas newspapers are calling it desperate, the most sober and considered college football bloggers are about as taken aback as they get, and Florida fans are thrilled. Like, really pretty happy. When the news broke, Twitter exploded in jokes and Notre Dame writers put us all in danger:

Brian Hamilton@ChiTribHamilton Nearly drove off the road... RT@KUAthletics: KU to introduce Charlie Weis as football coach at press conference Friday; time TBA. 

It takes a lot to be the strangest coaching hire in a season that includes Bob Davie landing a job, but here we are. Oh, and Missouri Tigers fans are pretty happy too. The rest of the Big 12 is pretty amused as well.

But what about KU fans? 

Cautious, mixed reactions, you could say. You'll note both "GODDAMNIT" and a plea for Weis to be judged by more than just his Notre Dame tenure received recommendations from others.

And, yeah, Bobby Bowden can't believe it any more than you can.

For more on the hiring and Kansas football, visit Rock Chalk Talk. For the Florida reaction, head over to Alligator Army. And keep an eye on the 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker. 

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Nelson Agholor Rescheduling Florida Visit After Charlie Weis Departure?

Charlie Weis' timing was really quite poor for the Florida Gators. After a poor offensive showing in his only year with Florida, Weis abruptly quit and took the Kansas head coaching job. And he did so less than 36 hours before Florida was set to host one of, if not the biggest recruiting weekends it will have in the 2011-2012 recruiting cycle. 

Questions immediately arose regarding how Florida would handle the recruiting weekend without its offensive coordinator, perhaps without its offensive line coach, and with the rest of the offensive staff in limbo:

It could be a hugely detrimental move on Weis' part given that Florida has a big list of offensive recruits visiting campus this weekend. Specifically, No. 1-rated athlete Nelson Agholor (Tampa, FL) is scheduled to visit UF, where he is believed to be leaning. Agholor wants to play receiver at the next level. Without an offensive coordinator, it will be difficult for UF to showcase how it plans to use Agholor. And none of the offensive assistants can be sure that they will be at UF next year, either.

As for Agholor, he appears to be conflicted:

Really don't know what to say right now
Dec 08 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

And Derek Tyson, of ESPN, has the scoop on the visit:

Hearing four-star WR Nelson Agholor may not take his official visit to Florida tomorrow after learning about the Weis news.
Dec 08 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

It's not known what the other major recruits plan to do. 

I imagine Florida will try to persuade most of the offensive recruits to reschedule. This shouldn't affect the defensive recruits.

For more on Florida Gators recruiting, head to Alligator Army

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Charlie Weis Leaving Gators For Kansas: Florida Recruits Begin To React

Recruits are beginning to react to Charlie Weis' abrupt departure from Gainesville. Weis apparently gave no indication to UF or prospective recruits. 

Brian Holt, a Gators recruiting analyst, spoke with Jessamen Dunker, who conveyed his thoughts as well as the thoughts of two other recruits, as well:

#Gators OT commit Dunker tells me he is still 100% to Florida and he has spoke with Latroy Pittman and D.J. Humphries, both still solid..
Dec 08 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Dunker, Pittman and Humphries are three major recruits. It's a good sign for the Gators that they are still firm in this time of uncertainty.

Other recruits have not taken the news quite so well. Schyler Miles, a linebacker out of Tampa's Berkley Prep had this to say:

Shocked that coach weis left.... #wow
Dec 08 via Twitter for BlackBerry®FavoriteRetweetReply

Now, to be sure, Miles is not a heralded recruit. In fact, he's barely a three-star recruit by most services. Given his other offers (Cincinnati and Iowa State), it's unlikely UF would have offered Miles if he played for any school but Berkley.

But Miles does play for Berkley, and is close with all-world receiver, Nelson Agholor. Agholor was scheduled to visit Florida this coming weekend. It's unsure if he'll make that trip given that UF's offensive staff just up and left. 

For more on the Gators, head over to Alligator Army. For more on Weis' new home, visit Rock Chalk Talk.

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Will Muschamp On Kansas Coach Charlie Weis: 'Very Happy For Him'

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp spoke to the media at his scheduled Gator Bowl press conference Thursday on the heels of the announcement that the Kansas Jayhawks had hired his offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis, as their new head coach.

According to the Palm Beach Post's Jason Lieser, Muschamp and Weis had indeed discussed the position in the days leading up to the move, refuting an earlier report. 

"Charlie took the Univ. of Kansas job. He informed a couple hours ago. Very happy for him...When you're a coordinator & you have an opportunity to be a head coach, I support you 100%."

Muschamp told reporters that RB coach Brian White will work as the offensive coordinator for the Gator Bowl.

As for hiring Weis' replacement, Muschamp said "We will hire somebody very similar schematically...We will remain a pro-style offense and I will hire the best offensive coordinator in the country."

Muschamp added that he had no timetable on the hire and remained focused on the Gator Bowl against the Ohio St. Buckeyes

For more on the hiring and Kansas football, visit Rock Chalk Talk. For the Florida reaction, head over to Alligator Army. And keep an eye on the 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker. 

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Kansas Hires Charlie Weis As Football Coach, Official Announcement Friday

Florida Gators' offensive coordinator and former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis has been hired as the new head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks football team and will be officially introduced at a press conference on Friday, according to the Kansas Athletics Twitterfeed.

Rumors of Weis' hiring began to spread Wednesday, though Auburn Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was considered the front-runner.

Weis will replace Turner Gill, who was fired after going 5-19 record in his two seasons with the Jayhawks.

The 55-year-old coach leaves Florida after one season. The Gators' offense averaged 27.3 points per game and 347.8 yards per game of total offense in 2011, both of which were lower-than-expected numbers. Weis spent the previous season as the offensive coordiantor of the Kansas City Chiefs. And of course, his five-year tenure as the head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish was tenuous at best. He finished 35–27 there.

For more on the hiring and Kansas football, visit Rock Chalk Talk. And keep an eye on the 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker. 

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