Roper, Bloomgren Interview for OC Job

ATHENS - Mark Richt will likely find Georgia’s offensive coordinator this week.

Richt is filling the spot Mike Bobo vacated when he took the head coaching job at Colorado State just before Christmas.

Former Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper was interviewed on Monday according to a source familiar with the ongoings. Roper had been busy in the lead up to Florida’s bowl win before the weekend.

Richt also met with the team on Monday and let them know he would be making the hire soon. The Bulldogs started classes on Monday as well.

Meanwhile, Richt is supposed to meet with Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren on Tuesday, Dawg Post has learned. The Athens Banner-Herald reported on Monday that Mike Hickman, who coached Bloomgren at Florida High and remains close to him, said that Bloomgren could be interested in the Georgia job.

“It’s on his radar,” Hickman told the ABH. “It would be a wonderful steal for Athens if you all could get him.”

Bloomgren turned down overtures Vanderbi`lt head coach and former Stanford assistant Derek Mason made to him in December for the 37-year old Tallahassee native to take over the offense in Nashville.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach tweeted that he was “hearing” that Roper was interviewing early this week. He also tweeted that Bloomgren “would be a good candidate”, but did not say that he would, in fact, interview for the job. Schlabach also tweeted that Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Tyson Helton is “also a possibility”, but a source said his candidacy wasn’t as strong as the others as he doesn’t call his own plays.

Indications are that Florida State offensive coordinator Randy Sanders, who had the same position at Tennessee and Kentucky when both schools had successful runs, is also in the mix for the job, but that he likely will not have to interview for the position.


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