Bowl game a farewell party for Duke's Roper
Posted December 30, 2013
Atlanta — 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.