GAINESVILLE -- Well that didnt take long.
A day removed from Floridas worst home loss ever to Florida State a 37-7 thrashing UF coach Will Muschamp decided change couldnt wait.
The Gators fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis early Sunday afternoon, confirming weeks of speculation and scapegoating.
"I have a lot of respect for Coach Pease and Coach Davis,'' Muschamp said in an official statement. "They are both good football coaches and even better people. There have been a lot of unfortunate circumstances this year, but that is part of the game sometimes. I want to thank each of them for their contributions to the program both on and off the field."
The Gators (4-8), who ended the season on a seven-game losing streak, will conduct a search for an offensive coordinator for the third time in four years.
Pease, a veteran coordinator at Kentucky and Boise State before coming to Florida in 2012, presided over a unit that ended the year ranked No. 114 nationally and last in the Southeastern Conference in total yards (316.7 ypg), per play average (4.79 ypp), scoring offense (18.8 ppg), touchdowns (19) and red zone offense (44 percent).
UFs attack was decimated by injuries two quarterbacks, a starting tailback, three offensive tackles but its weekly ineptitude was too much to overlook, according to Muschamp.
Muschamp called Floridas offensive struggles infectious following the teams humiliating loss to FCS-foe Georgia Southern two weeks ago.
The contagion spread to UFs once-impenetrable defense, which was shredded through the air and on the ground over the final month of the season.
The offense is just three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out, sophomore defensive end Jon Bullard frustratingly admitted after UFs season-ending thumping to FSU.
Give us 21 a game, he said. If they can do that, then I would put the blame on us if they score 21 points or over. Hopefully change for the better, because what we're doing right now just ain't working.
Pease, who was under contract through 2015 and owed roughly 1.2 million, said earlier last week he deserved another season based on so many extenuating circumstances.
But for the third straight season Floridas offense finished the year ranked in the bottom-20 nationally in total yards the last two seasons under Peases control and failed to score over 20 points during the teams longest losing streak in 34 years.
"I know we came up short of our ultimate goal, but I will carry on knowing I gained valuable friendships and relationships during my time here, Pease said in UFs official statement.
Against FSU, Florida tallied less than 200 yards for the second time this season and nearly had as many drives under four plays (six) as first downs (eight). Afterward, Muschamp refused to comment on any potential coaching changes, but acknowledged a reevaluation of UFs offensive philosophy.
We need to take a look at ourselves schematically with what were doing, Muschamp said. There have been some things that have happened that are very difficult to overcome, but schematically, theres no question we need to take a look at ourselves.
Muschamp also dismissed the notion he only prefers a grind-it-out, ball-control offense.
Perceptions not always reality, Muschamp said. Im willing to do what we need to do to score points and win games.