I mentioned in another thread I live (or lived) on the same street with the guy, and have crossed paths with him socially a ton of times. I am also acquainted with Cutcliffe through the Iron Dukes and socially, though I don't pretend to know either guy real well personally. This is what I know and what I've been told. Roper is essentially a Cutcliffe clone. He will probably deviate very little from what we've seen Cutcliffe do. He will run Cutcliffe's offense, which is essentially ... No specific offense. Cutcliffe was a conventional pro-set guy, then a no-huddle guy, now he's looking at the spread and a running QB. He flat-out said this year that he's put a bunch of QB's in the NFL, but he thinks he needs a running QB to win. He's big on tempo, Duke ran more plays per game than nearly everyone in the ACC last year. Because of that he is big on conditioning. He claims to tailor the offense to the personnel available. - something Roper has repeated. Where Cutcliffe excels is in teaching fundamentals to QB's and receivers. He is frankly a complete d**k, the furthest thing from a "players coach" imaginable. He demands precision in every respect from his QB - in that way he's a lot like SOS, who broke the confidence of many a prep superstar over arm position, hand position, etc. Cutcliffe is a stern taskmaster, and if a guy can take it, they usually turn out better than when they met him. Roper is exactly the same. Not warm and fuzzy, all business, a stickler for practicing and playing fast and with precision. Cutcliffe encouraged Roper to take the UF job. The conventional wisdom is that UF is loaded with athletes who simply have not received any sort of real developmental coaching. The idea is that a dose of Cutcliffe style discipline and attention to precision and fundamentals will help the players actually play to their talent level, and the resulting success will springboard Roper to a HC job. Both Cutcliffe and Roper believe Roper had to get out from under Cutcliffe's shadow, and Roper reportedly believes that Florida's main problem is coaching, not talent. Also, contrary to what has been reported here Roper has total control over his system. That says, the system isn't all that different from what Muschamp wants to run in the first place - it's still a balanced attack but with more no-huddle and QB reads than we've seen in the past. It ain't gonna be that different in concept, so don't expect Urban Meyer's offense. My burning questions, based on all this, are: 1. Are they right about our players simply lacking decent coaching / development? I'm inclined to think so - there was no excuse for some of the garbage we saw last year with the talent we have. Everyone on offense can't be a bust .... 2. Will we see more players leave? My sense is yes - I think a lot of our guys are not going to handle the change in coaching personality well. Roper tolerates zero B.S. and gives zero f***s. Keep in mind these guys are winning at Duke - they believe, like SOS, that they will win with coachability over talent. 3. The biggest problem I see is that Roper isn't Cutcliffe, no one can predict whether he'll be as good, but he can't lord over the players like Cut can - he doesn't have the rep yet. It will be interesting to see if his personality and philosophy will work at UF. Also, I'm not convinced JD can meet the mental expectations of Roper. I guess we'll see So in sum expect: Balanced attack with a lot more up-tempo / no huddle and some more zone read Players to either embrace the new expectations, or to chafe under Roper's heavy hand and defect en masse Guys you forgot were on the roster suddenly overachieving More disciplined skill players. Total catastrophe if Roper simply doesn't have Cut's knack for offense, because he'll be running Cut's system hook, line, and sinker.