Source: USA TODAY
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Brent Pease met with Florida head coach Will Muschamp on Sunday morning and was told he will not return as the Gators’ offensive coordinator.
A source has confirmed the firing to Florida Today. The Associated Press first reported the firing.
Offensive line coach Tim Davis is also expected to be let go.
The Gators finished near the bottom of the national rankings in total offense in two consecutive seasons under Pease, who was hired from Boise State. Florida finished 103rd out of 120 teams in 2012 and fell to 112 nationally after the 37-7 loss to Florida State on Saturday.
Florida lost seven in a row to finish 4-8, its first losing record since the 0-10-1 team in 1979.
Florida athletic director has said Muschamp will be back for his fourth season, confirming it again before Saturday’s game. But, he said, the offense had to change. Muschamp agreed changes were coming at his postgame news conference.
The Gators managed three first downs in the first half against FSU.
“I don’t think it’s any secret we’ve got to fix that site of the ball,” Foley told news reporters.
Muschamp has referred to the offense as “inept” and said it was hurting his team’s defense, which has also faltered compared to other years. Injuries piled up on both sides of the ball from August until the end of the schedule.
Pease, who was scheduled to make $1.18 million in his final two seasons, had said earlier in the week he hoped to have a chance to fix the issues.
“If it’s coming my way, it’s coming my way,” he said at the time of his possible firing.