Florida interviews Duke OC Roper

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida fans got their first piece of hard news on Monday in the ongoing search for an offensive coordinator.

The Gators flew in Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper for an interview, a source familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.

Roper, a finalist this year for the Broyles Award that goes to the nation's top assistant coach, helped Duke to a school-record 10 wins, an ACC title-game appearance and a berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.

Duke's success adds to Roper's impressive résumé, which includes six seasons at Duke (2008-present) and six seasons at Ole Miss (1999-2004), both stints under head coach David Cutcliffe. Roper also coached at Tennessee (2006-07) and Kentucky (2005), where he worked under then-offensive coordinator Joker Phillips, now on the Florida staff as wide receivers coach.

When he was defensive coordinator at LSU, Florida coach Will Muschamp had experience facing Roper, who called plays for Ole Miss.

Muschamp is looking to improve on Florida's latest miserable season on offense in which UF ranked No. 112 out of 123 FBS teams in total offense.

At Duke, Roper has directed two of the best offensive seasons in school history. In 2012, the Blue Devils scored 410 points in 13 games (31.5 PPG). This year, Duke has scored a school-record 411 points in 13 games (31.6 PPG) with its bowl game remaining.