Bowl game a farewell party for Duke's Roper

Posted December 30, 2013

— The Chick-fil-A Bowl is a farewell party for Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. He will trade in the Duke Blue for Gator Blue and Orange on Wednesday as he leaves the program to take the same job at the University of Florida.

"It's been a great six years,” Roper said. “It's been the most magical season I've been a part of and I have been part of a national championship season."

Roper came to Duke with David Cutcliffe and he's been part of the staff that has seen its fair share of losing but has also been a key part of its success over the last two seasons. He took the job at Florida last week, but committed to staying with the Blue Devils through their bowl game.

"We have a standard and systematic approach,” Cutcliffe said. “Kurt is a pro so the day after, he will move forward."

In the process, he will be saying goodbye to guys he's built a program and memories with.

"I think we all enjoy the friendships we create,” Roper said. “I am going to be close with these guys for a long time."

Roper will coach his final game at Duke against Texas A&M - a team in the league his leaving to join. His parting gift? A chance to prove his system can work against an SEC defense.


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  • StunGunn Dec 31, 2013

    The price of success is losing assistant coaches, but it's good he stayed on to coach tonight's game.

  • vt94hokies Dec 31, 2013

    Duke will surely miss Roper. He has done a great job up there.

  • DurhamDevil Dec 31, 2013

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    Agreed - those offended are a bunch of lamekocks...

    GO DUKE!!!

  • DUKE4EVER Dec 31, 2013

    GO DUKE!!

  • bradford1959 Dec 30, 2013

    WRAL If SOUTH CAROLINAS NICKNAME hurts peoples feelings we have issues.

  • bradford1959 Dec 30, 2013

    Good Luck at Florida.I will pull for you except when you play Steve Spurriers South Carolina Gamekocks
    Go Duke

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