Will Muschamp believes Kurt Roper would have prolonged his tenure at Florida
Will Muschamp expressed some regret about his time at Florida when he was introduced as South Carolina’s new football coach.
Apparently, much of that regret has to do with former Gators offensive coordinator and Cleveland Browns assistant Kurt Roper.
Roper was pegged to be the Gamecocks’ offensive coordinator and served in the same capacity for the Gators under Muschamp in his final season in 2014,
If Muschamp had made that move sooner, he believes he could still potentially be at Florida.
“I feel like, if I’d hired Kurt in my first year at Florida,” Muschamp told Sirius XM College Sports Nation. “I’d probably still be there. That’s the confidence I have in him moving forward. I think he’s just an outstanding football coach.”
Roper will remain with the Cleveland Browns throughout the remainder of the 2015 NFL season, then is expected to officially join the South Carolina coaching staff.
Muschamp believes Roper is even better off after spending time at the professional level, which could pay dividends for the Gamecocks.
“Up-tempo, on the ball, he’s got some new ideas from working in the NFL this year that I’m excited about as well,” Muschamp said. “That was one of the things I took from my experience at Florida. When we came there, Urban had had great success with a spread offense, doing some of the things they did…and they recruited to that.
“I felt like, my first couple years, we were trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, as far as being more traditional and pro-style. We really struggled mightily with that transition.”