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By LARRY VAUGHT

Edgar Thompson of the OrlandoSentinel.com had quotes from Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease, a former assistant coach at Kentucky in 2001 and 2002, denying interest in the Kentucky job. Or, kind of denying interest in the job as has been rumored.

Pease, 48, said he’s not “heard anything” about the Kentucky job from any UK official.

““I wouldn’t do that. I’m focused on here. I’ve only been here one year. I’ve made a commitment to be here, especially with my family. Ask me that question later when something happens, I guess. I can’t comment on a ghost story right now,” Pease said.

Pease didn’t miss a chance to praise the UK program.

“They’ve got great people. They’ve got a great program and the facilities are good,” Pease said. “They’re committed to winning. And they have won. They won when were there. They won when Rick Brooks was there. You can get good kids there.”

Pease came to Florida from Boise State where he led prolific offenses. However, the Gators rank 102nd in the nation in total offense and 114th in passing this year.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said Pease is an “outstanding coach.

“Any opportunity he has as a head coach I know that I will fully endorse that as well as Jeremy Foley our athletic director, and our president. He is a really good football coach and that goes for any of our coaches. If they have an opportunity to be a head coach, I am all for it,” the Florida head coach said.

10 Responses to Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease kind of denies interest in Kentucky job for now

  • RJ says:

    Except for Brent’s Fla recruiting connection, I would rather have Brown here if we are going after a OC. Brown makes more from what he has to work with.

  • Jim says:

    If UK has to go the assitant route, I want Kirby Smart. If they do not get an established HC, they should get an up and comer that is known for defense.

  • Mike Flannery says:

    If Barnhart picks an assistant, you have the same situation, an unproven, unknown future. Doesn’t this program deserve a Coach that has proved he can win? It seems to me the challange of putting a team on the field in the SEC might be appealing to a Coach like Patterson from TCU, Riley from Oregon State and a few others.

  • Seymour says:

    Well said Mike. Put my vote down as favoring a successful head coach. After all, this is the SEC we are talking about and , with enough money, we should be able to get someone who can get us to the upper half of the SEC.

  • steve from Dayton says:

    I prefer hiring an offensive guy. If the head coach knows his own offense and the coordinator leaves, we still have an offense. If our defensive coordinator leaves, he is easier to replace.

    If Hal Mumme’s offensive coordinator left, we would still have the skeleton of that offense. Anew defense is easier to install.

    This became obvious in Bill Curry’s second year when Mr. Bowden left.

  • Pacman says:

    Lance Leipold, HC @ Wisconsin Whitewater. Record is 72-3 over last 5 years. 4 NCAA championships and 1 runner up in 5 years. Proven Winner.

  • UKFMLY says:

    DC Stoops from Fla. St He usually has a top rated defense. He is Known for NFL linebackers and DE. Can recruit in the south and is in a family of coaches and we can all see how well that works out for the Harbaughs! ! !

    Defense wins in this conference. Lots of points only work IF YOU CAN STOP SOMEONE.

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GO BLUE OR STAY HOME

  • johnl says:

    I hope the interest in Pease is nothing more than an ugly rumor.

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