ATHENS - Georgia's search for a new offensive coordinator continues, with former Florida coordinator Kurt Roper among those who will interview.
Roper will meet with head coach Mark Richt sometime this week, according to a source. There will be other interviews, but Roper is the only one confirmed at this point, which isn't a surprise as he's a free agent at the moment. Other names in the mix are likely currently employed.
Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Tyson Helton is another name to watch, ESPN.com reporter Mark Schlabach tweeted on Sunday. Western Kentucky has the nation's fourth-best offense this season, as measured by total yards. Helton is in his first year at Western Kentucky, where former Georgia assistant coach Neil Callaway is the team's offensive line coach.
Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren is also gaining traction, per a source, though it's unclear whether he would leave Stanford for Georgia. Bloomgren is in his second year as the Cardinal's offensive coordinator, and his fourth overall at the school. Bloomgren was a graduate assistant at Florida State in the late 1990s when Richt was there as offensive coordinator.
Bloomgren also serves as Stanford's offensive line coach, and Georgia needs a line coach, Will Friend having followed Mike Bobo to Colorado State. Stanford's offense ranked 77th this season in total yardage.
When Bobo left, Roper was an obvious candidate to at least interview, as he uses the same pro-style type offense that Georgia has run with much success. Florida struggled this past year on offense, and ranks 91st nationally, but the Gators had struggled offensively for four years, and this was only Roper's first year. Richt saw Roper's offense working in person this year, as Florida racked up more than 400 yards in its 38-20 win over Georgia.
Roper was at Duke prior to last year, working under David Cutcliffe, who he also coached with at Ole Miss.
Nothing appears imminent as far as Richt hiring anyone, though it could happen by the end of the week. Richt could also be waiting to speak to candidates currently on NFL staffs, including some in the playoffs.