Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds announced Tuesday that defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will succeed Mack Brown as Texas' head coach when Brown retires.
Will Muschamp will be Texas' next head coach.
Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds announced Tuesday that when Mack Brown retires, Muschamp will take over as head coach.
“We want to keep Will Muschamp as our defensive coordinator at the University of Texas,” said Dodds. “We’ve decided to build our future from the inside.”
Muschamp was on the short list for the Clemson, Washington and Tennessee head coaching jobs, but the move by Dodds will keep the first-year Texas DC in Austin. Texas announced Muschamp has agreed in principle to a new contract that will pay him $900,000 annually, starting January 1, 2009. His original contract was for $425,000 a year.
“I was really excited when they presented the opportunity to me,” said Muschamp. “I'm not in any hurry to be a head coach and hope Coach Brown's around for many more years. I'm just glad I'm going to be able to stay at Texas. This is the top program in the country, my family loves it here and there's no better person to watch and learn from about running a football program than Coach Brown.”
With the number of colleges inquiring about Muschamp, Texas had to move quickly to secure Muschamp. Dodds said the changing nature of coaching hires was his main inspiration for the move to name his defensive coordinator 'head-coach-in-wating' and that the rest of the Texas administration was completely on board.
“This is a plan that has been enthusiastically agreed to by Mack Brown, (UT) President (Williams) Powers and the Board of Regents,” Dodds said. “With the landscape in college football and all of the changes around the country, I've been looking at this for the last couple of years. When it's not working, you have to go outside and make changes. Things are going well here, it's working, so it's best to be prepared to build from inside and that's what we're doing.”
However, according to Brown, he was the one who first pushed for the idea.
“I didn't want him to leave,” said Brown.
As for when Muschamp will take over as head coach, that remains to be seen. Brown said that he's not planning on retiring immediately and that the decision to name Muschamp coaching in waiting had more to do with hanging on to his defensive coordinator.
“This is first and foremost about keeping Will at Texas,” Brown said. “He's had several opportunities to interview for head coaching jobs, but we wanted him to stay here. I'm going to continue coaching as I'm enjoying it. I have eight years left on my contract, I am not thinking at all about moving on, it's simply that I think Will is a great young coach, a perfect fit for this place and he wants to stay. Nothing will change in our structure. He will continue in his roll as defensive coordinator and when the time comes, will be ready to step in and take over the program.”
Muschamp is 37 years old and a 13-year coaching veteran. When he does take over, Texas will be his first head coaching job.
Will Muschamp's Coaching Experience
2008: Texas (Defensive Coordinator)
2006-07: Auburn (Defensive Coordinator)
2005: Miami Dolphins (Assistant Head Coach for Defense)
2002-04: LSU (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
2001: LSU (Linebackers)
2000: Valdosta State (Defensive Coordinator)
1999: Eastern Kentucky (Secondary)
1998: West Georgia (Secondary)
1995-96: Auburn (Graduate Assistant)
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