Friday, January 6, 2012
Florida, Alabama sets eyes on Brent Pease
By Edward Aschoff and Mark Schlabach
Florida and Alabama have both targeted Boise State's Brent Pease as their top target to fill vacant offensive coordinator positions, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Friday.
Pease has worked the last six seasons on Chris Petersen's staff at Boise State, including his first as the Broncos' offensive coordinator this past season. Under Pease's direction, the No. 7 Broncos finished sixth among FBS schools in scoring (44.2 points per game), tied for ninth in total offense (481.3 yards) and 11th in passing (309.3 yards).
Prior to becoming the Broncos' offensive coordinator after Bryan Harsin left for Texas, Pease coached Boise State's receivers, helping Austin Pettis and Titus Young become two of the school's most prolific pass catchers.
Pease and his wife, Paula, were scheduled to visit Florida as early as Friday, sources told ESPN.com. Gators coach Will Muschamp is searching for a replacement for former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who left Florida last month to become Kansas' new coach. Former Florida quarterback Kerwin Bell, now the coach at Jacksonville (Fla.) University, also has interviewed for the UF position.
The No. 2 Crimson Tide also are interested in hiring Pease to replace offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, who will coach his final game for Alabama against No. 1 LSU in Monday night's Allstate BCS National Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. McElwain, who has worked on Nick Saban's staff since 2008, was named Colorado State's new coach last month.