Florida coach Will Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis less than 24 hours after Saturday’s 37-7 loss to Florida State.
Pease’s primary recruiting responsibility was the quarterback position, and UF early enrollee Will Grier remains solid according to his father, Chad.
“We think the world of Brent Pease as a coach and a man. It certainly would have been great if Will played for him because of the confidence he had in him and the relationship they had built. That being said, Will has a huge amount of faith and confidence in coach Muschamp. He certainly believes in him, the school and the football program. He’s very excited to be a Gator.”
Three prospects who officially visited UF this weekend weighed in on Pease not returning.
“You gotta do what you gotta do to win and that’s what had to happen to win.” — Florida TE commit C’yontai Lewis
“No impact on me. I already knew it was going to happen. When I talked to coach Muschamp today, he said he wants to have a hurry-up offense and throw it more.” — JUCO WR Eric Lauderdale
“When evaluating my college decision I focus on committing to the school, the tradition and whether or not I feel like I could impact the school. Coaches can come and go and I can’t let that affect my decision.” — Florida State WR commit Ryan Sousa
Here is where the Gators stand with the main offensive linemen on their board following the firing of Davis.
“Coach Davis was the one that offered and recruited me. He was only person I talked to. So when he got fired, I was shocked. I’m still committed to Florida, but I am upset that he’s gone.” — Florida OT commit Dontae Angus
“I chose Florida because it’s a great place to play and has one of the best schools of the country.” — Florida OL/DL commit Taven Bryan
“I’m not changing. I was surprised at first. Coach Muschamp told me coach Davis was a good coach, but he needs to find someone who can be part of an up-tempo offense.” — Florida OG commit Travaris Dorsey
“I feel like it’s a business decision. I don’t want to really comment on someone losing their job because that’s a person’s livelihood. But with us, it’s all good. If he goes there, it wouldn’t hurt me or him.” — Father of OT David Sharpe
“It’s very shocking to me. This will definitely slow things down between us. I really enjoyed talking with coach Davis. He is a very energetic man.” — OG Jordan Sims
Florida OG commit Nolan Kelleher could not be reached for comment, but he had this say after attending Saturday’s game: “I still love the school and don’t want to go anywhere else. I’m still firm on my decision.”