Where he wants to be

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Brent Pease's grass is pretty green here these days, and not just because it's 70 degrees in December.

Pease is happy being Florida's offensive coordinator. He likes working with coach Will Muschamp. He's developing close relationships with some of the players. He's paid well. And his family likes it here, too.

It's for all those reasons -- plus a sense of loyalty -- that Pease wasn't interested in any of the 25 FBS head coaching openings. He'll be back in 2013 -- and possibly longer.

"I've been here one year," Pease said. "I'm not one to leave after one year anyway. I made a commitment. Will made a commitment to me. [Athletic director] Jeremy [Foley] made a commitment to me. The university made a commitment to me. To be honest with you, these kids, you start getting attached and seeing what they're doing. There's still some work to be done. The future is bright.

"There is always an opportunity down the road."

If Florida's offense makes a progressive jump in its second season in Pease's system similar to the one the defense made in its second season with Muschamp and coordinator Dan Quinn, that opportunity could come after the 2013 season. This season the Gators significantly improved their production against the run (96.6 yards per game this year compared to 132.7 last year), scoring (12.9 points per game compared to 20.3), and yards allowed (282.6 per game compared to 299.5).

There's certainly more room to improve offensively. UF ranks No. 102 nationally in total offense (388.4 ypg), No. 114 nationally in passing (143.9 ypg) and No. 35 nationally in rushing (194.5). If the Gators make a big jump -- and they should considering QB Jeff Driskel will be a second-year starter, the offensive line will be better and deeper, and there will be an infusion of talent at receiver -- then Pease could be one of the hot candidates to be named a head coach next December.

But he wouldn't be terribly upset if nobody came calling. That's not the way he would have reacted as a younger coach, he said.

"When I was young, I was ready to make a move quick on some things," Pease said. "Young guys are coming to me now and asking what should they do. I always tell them this: 'If you're at good place, if you work with good people, and you enjoy going to work every day, the grass isn't always greener.' It's really not about a money situation. I think you've still got to have goals as to what you want to accomplish and reach, but I think those will come when it's right. Don't push the issue."

One of those young guys is new Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin, with whom Pease worked at Boise State from 2006 to 2010. Harsin is 35, 13 years younger than Pease, who has never been a head coach.

"You know, sometimes you get to the point where as a coach you're competitive and you want that situation for you too, but, you know, you've got to know your role," Pease said. "Like we tell our kids, 'You've got to know your role sometimes.' And if that situation's right and I'm doing a good job maybe someday my opportunity's going to come. If not, like I said, I know I've worked to be in a very good spot with very good people."

For now, Pease is content in Gainesville.

"For me, there's a lot to accomplish here," he said. "And there's still a goal I want to accomplish in winning a national championship or winning an SEC title and all that. And I like it here. I like the people I work with, I really like the kids and I like the media."