Thursday, March 6, 2014
UF offensive coordinator has job security
By Jeff Barlis
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- New offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has the tall task of reviving Florida's offense, and he'll be well compensated for the effort.
Roper, who was hired by UF in January after leaving the same job at Duke, will make $590,000 a year for three years, plus a $100,000 signing bonus and a longevity incentive of $100,000 if he's still with the Gators on Jan. 31, 2016.
Florida on Wednesday released terms of the finalized contracts of their three new football coaches -- Roper, offensive line coach Mike Summers and special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler. Summers, who coached the offensive line at Southern Cal last season, signed a two-year contract for $190,000 a year. Hutzler, who coached special teams at New Mexico the past two seasons, signed a one-year deal for $230,000. All three assistants also received $10,000 bonuses from the school's apparel contract with Nike.
In other news, the school announced earlier this week that it will open eight spring practices to fans -- in addition to the April 12 spring game. It's a significant change of policy under head coach Will Muschamp. The Gators are clearly hoping to win back some fans after going 4-8 in 2013. Florida had no open practices his first spring in 2011 and only two open practices in each of the past two springs.
UF also announced Muschamp's annual spring speaking tour with eight engagements around the state of Florida as well as two appearances by Summers and one each by Roper and Hutzler.