Pease has been hired as new offensive coordinator

Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 6:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 8:08 p.m.

Florida football coach Will Muschamp has picked up his first victory over his mentor, Alabama's Nick Saban.

Brent Pease
Brent Pease

In what was billed as a looming tug-of-war between UF and Alabama for the services of Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease, Muschamp and the Gators apparently had the stronger pull.

Pease has been hired as the Gators' new offensive coordinator and will coach the quarterbacks, sources confirmed to The Sun on Tuesday. Florida will make the announcement Wednesday. An AP source said Pease agreed to a three-year deal worth more than $500,000.

Pease was in Gainesville this past weekend meeting with Muschamp. It was not the first time the two talked face-to-face about the job. Muschamp interviewed Pease in Jacksonville during Gator Bowl week, and Pease attended some UF practices, according to sources close to the program.

Pease, 47, just completed his first season as the offensive coordinator for Boise State, which had one of the leading offenses in the NCAA in 2011 — the Broncos ranked sixth in scoring (44.2 points per game), 10th in total offense (481.3 yards per game), first in sacks allowed (eight) and fourth in pass efficiency (171.57). Boise State finished the season at 12-1 and No. 8 in the final AP poll.

The previous five seasons, Pease served as the Broncos' wide receivers coach and assistant head coach.

Pease replaces Charlie Weis, who left last month to take the head coaching job at Kansas.

Pease was in Gainesville this past Friday and interviewed for the job. He was expected to interview with Saban after Monday night's BCS Championship Game, but that interview apparently never took place.

Pease is an experienced play-caller who was an offensive coordinator at Baylor, Kentucky and Montana before joining the Boise State staff as the wide receivers coach in 2006.

UF running backs coach Brian White also was under strong consideration for the job. He was the interim offensive coordinator for the Gator Bowl game.

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