The Gainesville Sun's Pat Dooley reports that Florida will not hire its offensive coordinator until after January 1.
Everyone can relax and enjoy holidays. Florida oc won't be hired til after jan 1 and nobody has been offered per multiple sources— Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) December 23, 2013
Additionally, Dooley and Associated Press reporter Mark Long both report that Will Muschamp hasn't offered the job to anyone just yet.
Even with Duke OC Kurt Roper visiting today, Gators coach Will Muschamp has NOT offered job to anyone -- at least not yet— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) December 23, 2013
Why? Well, Long sums up the reasoning succinctly:
This is the most important hire in Gators coach Will Muschamp's career. He's going to interview numerous guys before making decision— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) December 23, 2013
Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper was in Gainesville with Muschamp today, according to Gator Country's Richard Johnson. Roper appeared to be the front-runner for the position as of, oh, noon, because of a lack of other plausible candidates, as USC offensive coordinator/interim head coach Clay Helton all but bowed out of the race this weekend.
But the more likely takeaway from Roper's day in Gainesville is that he is one of a number of candidates that have been (and will be) interviewed during Muschamp's vetting process. That's sure to rankle Florida fans who would've liked to have a coordinator in place, especially with prized commits like Dalvin Cook and Ermon Lane twisting in the wind, but it seems that Muschamp is less worried about making a swift hire than making the right one.