Florida Gators Coaching Search: Florida Seeks New Offensive Coordinator Following Charlie Weis' Departure

The Florida Gators will be seeking a new offensive coordinator for next season. The University of Kansas has named Charlie Weis as its new head coach for 2012.

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Florida Offensive Coordinator Search: Brent Pease Could Take Position, According To Reports

The Florida Gators may be close to hiring Boise St. Broncos offensive coordinator Brent Pease as their new offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports. Pat Dooley of Gatorsports.com writes simply "Looks like Brent Pease new Florida OC." However, Pease to Florida might not be a done deal just yet. As Chadd Cripe of Bronco Beat reports, though Pease is "likely" headed to Florida, he could also accept the Alabama Crimson Tide's offer.

Pease, a veteran quarterback of the NFL, CFL, World League of American Football, and the Arena Football League, has an extensive coaching career. He's been with the Broncos since 2006, when he took over as the wide receivers coach. The following season, he was promoted to assistant head coach, a position he held until the 2011 season, in which he handled offensive coordinator duties. Boise State went 12-1 and scored 44.2 points per game, good for No. 5 in the nation, with Pease as its offensive coordinator.

The Gators' offensive coordinator position opened up after Charlie Weis left to take the Kansas Jayhawks' head-coaching position.

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Florida Gators Coaching Changes: Assistant Strength Coach Hints He May Leave Program

The Florida Gators might soon have another coaching vacancy to fill, as assistant strength coach Scott Holsopple strongly suggested Wednesday morning he would leave the team. "I want to thank all the football players at Florida," Holsopple wrote on his Twitter account. "You are the guys I cared about, loved and went to battle with."

Associated Press scribe Mark Long believes the Tweet indicates Holsopple's days as a Gator have ended.

According to the school's website, Holsopple came aboard as Florida's Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning in May 2007. During his collegiate boxing career, he earned All-America honors. He holds a degree in kinesiology from Penn State.

Prior to joining the Gators, Holsopple spent five seasons with the Marquette Golden Eagles, followed by one season with the Kentucky Wildcats. At Marquette, Holsopple oversaw "all 14 of the Golden Eagles' Division I athletic programs" as the university's Head Strength-and-Conditioning Coach.

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Gators Close To Hiring Strength And Conditioning Coach

As Florida coach Will Muschamp continues his quest to replace departed offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, he's also looking to replace departed strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, who left to join former Gators coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State last month.

It looks like Muschamp might be close to finding his guy for the latter position as Antonya English of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

"I'm very close on the strength,'' Muschamp said. "I've just got to finalize some things and get with Jeremy (Foley, UF athletic director). After that, the offensive coordinator, I've got no timetable. I'm trying to work through that and make the best decision for Florida.''

The Florida offense came up with just 10 points under interim offensive coordinator Brian White in the Gators' 24-17 win against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl, so filling the strength and conditioning void soon will be one less hurdle in the way to finding someone to help turn the team's offense around.

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Florida Gators Coaching Search To Intensify, Says Report

After their win in the 2012 Gator Bowl, the Florida Gators can now focus on hiring a new offensive coordinator and strength-and-conditioning coach. Gators coach Will Muschamp said Monday he has no timetable to fill the offensive-coordinator position, "UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said that could happen this week," reports Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida needs a new offensive coordinator, as Charlie Weis left that position after one year to accept the Kansas Jayhawks' head-coaching job. Brian White, the team's running-backs coach, served as Florida's offensive coordinator for the Gator Bowl and could retain that position full-time. Previously, he served as offensive coordinator for the Wisconsin Badgers and Syracuse Orange. "Brian's an outstanding football coach and certainly under consideration," Muschamp said.

Under Weis, the Gators ranked No. 72 out of 120 teams in points per game during the 2011 season, putting up 25.5 per contest. Injuries to top quarterback John Brantley played a role in that disappointing showing; replacements Jacoby Brissett, Jeff Driskel, and Trey Burton combined to complete just 48.1 percent of their passes, with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

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Charlie Weis Contract: Kansas To Pay Former Gators Offensive Coordinator $12.5 Million

Charlie Weis accepted the Kansas Jayhawks' head coaching job, leaving the Florida Gators in need of a new offensive coordinator. And while that search is ongoing, details about Weis' contract with Kansas have emerged.

According to Matt Tait of the school's official website, Weis' contract guarantees him $12.5 million over five seasons, with opportunities to earn incentives along the way. Weis will earn that $12.5 million "whether he coaches one game, one year or all five seasons," Tait says.

For instance, Weis earn $50,000 for winning five Big 12 conference games, and an additional $10,000 for each subsequent Big 12 win. A bowl game invitation is worth $50,000, while a bowl victory adds another $25,000 to Weis' pay day. If he guides the Jayhawks to a national championship appearance, he'll earn an additional $200,000. A BCS championship victory is worth another $100,000. Given the potential windfall on top of the guaranteed eight-figure salary, it's easy to see why Weis preferred taking over Kansas' program to handling Florida's offense.

Weis' career head-coaching record--all with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish--stands at 35-27, with a 1-2 record in bowl games. Weis served as the Gators' offensive coordinator for just one season.


Gators Offensive Coordinator Search: Mike Shula Being Targeted To Replace Charlie Weis

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp may have been caught unawares that his offensive coordinator was interviewing for another job, but he's not wasting time in putting his sights on a potential replacement. Following the news that Charlie Weis will be introduced as the new Kansas Jayhawks head coach on Friday, wheels are already in motion for selecting a new offensive coordinator for the 2012 college football season.

One name is already on Muschamp's list, according to Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun.

Hearing from a very well-connected source that Will Muschamp is targeting Mike Shula as a possible replacement for Charlie Weis.

Shula is currently in his first season as the quarterback coach for the Carolina Panthers. Prior to that, he served as QB coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-2010, joining that team following four years spent as head coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Shula has extensive Florida ties, playing on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing on with the Bucs as an offensive assistant. Following that stint, he moved on to the Miami Dolphins, where he served as a coaches' assistant from 1991-1992. He returned to the Buccaneers to serve as offensive coordinator from 1996-1999 before becoming the QB coach for the Dolphins from 2000-2002.

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Charlie Weis To Become Kansas Football Coach, Leaves As Florida Offensive Coordinator

The Florida Gators will be seeking a new offensive coordinator for next season. The University of Kansas has named Charlie Weis as its new head coach for 2012.

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