Christopher Smith

Florida, Iowa State Fire Offensive Coordinators

Created on Dec. 01, 2013 9:35 PM EST

The college football offseason coaching carnage isn't as concentrated as the NFL because roughly half of all FBS schools play bowl games.

Still, there weren't as many firings Sunday as some expected after many lousy teams ended their seasons this weekend.

Two major schools fired offensive coordinators Sunday in Florida (Brent Pease) and Iowa State (Courtney Messingham).

The Pease move seemed cemented after the Gators lost to Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern in November, though in reality it may already have been a foregone conclusion. Pease became the classic scapegoat for Florida (4-8), which will retain head coach Will Muschamp despite one of the program's worst seasons in several decades.

Pease notably had to make do without starting quarterback Jeff Driskel (broken leg) and starting running back Matt Jones (knee) for most of the season. Florida also lost three different offensive tackles, a receiver and its backup quarterback at various points. Yet the offense was under scrutiny prior to 2013, and despite winning 11 games last year, many felt the unit limited the Gators' potential in that season as well.

Florida also fired offensive line coach Tim Davis.

The Gators scored just 18.8 points per game this season, tied for 111th of 123 teams and behind SEC doormats Arkansas (20.7) and Kentucky (20.5).

The team owes Pease $1.2 million during the next two years, the Associated Press reports. 

As for Messingham, scoring a combined 86 points the last two games, both Big 12 wins, apparently wasn't enough. Iowa State (3-9, 2-7) averaged 19.0 points per game in its seven conference losses, scoring seven against Baylor, seven against Kansas State and 10 against Oklahoma, all ugly losses.

The Cyclones finished 96th in the country in total offense, averaging 363.0 yards per game, though the defense was even worse. Still, no skill-position player had double-digit touchdowns or more than 676 yards.

Iowa State also fired running backs coach Kenith Pope. Both assistant coaches had been part of head coach Paul Rhoads' staff for all five of his years at the school. Rhoads led the team to bowl games in three of his first four wins as coach before falling off in 2013.

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