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Posted on: December 4, 2008 11:18 am

Texas AD DeLoss Dodds told me this morning that defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is not pursuing any other jobs.

Muschamp's name came up before Tommy Tuberville's "resignation" became official as I was scrambling to get the story. I was told then that Muschamp turned down Auburn.

When I asked Dodds if he had been contacted by Auburn he said, "I don't know the answer to that ... They may have contacted Mack or something."

He immediately added, "I know the answer to the question that he's not pursuing any jobs outside."

Does Dodds think the school can keep Muschamp? "I feel good about that," he said.

Muschamp was Auburn's former defensive coordinator. In his first season at Texas, the Longhorns lead the Big 12 in total defense. He was recently named head coach-in-waiting at some unspecified date when Mack Brown steps down. Muschamp is scheduled to receive a raise to $900,000 per year beginning Jan. 1.




Category: NCAAF
Tags: Auburn, Texas

Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2008 11:45 am


Its called money, and no one knows when mack will retire. The economy is down and if he loves football and wants the job he'll take it.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2008 12:05 pm


Ok Bud the Big 12 will still be the big 12 not the big 2, because there is alot of returning talent on all of the big 12 teams. Nebraska is going to be good so will missouri and so will baylor, texas tech, a&m, colorado, iowa state, ok state, and also kansas. I think any where from 6 too 8 teams would beat auburn this year and possibly next year too.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2008 11:29 am


I agree, in no way do I think Muschamp will be leaving.  He just got a 100% raise on his salary.  Sure he could likely get more from a hc job - but at what cost?  We all see how many new hc's don't last, even the highly touted ones.  I think part of the reason is that they go blindly into a new program that they have had nothing to do with building.  Maybe the coach before them had a different philosophy - now the new hc has to deal with that conflicting style, and when it doesn't work, now he has to rebuild.  By the time this comes along, fans will grow pretty impatient.  It is a big risk to go straight into a new place and new program, and be running the show from day 1, with a mess that you were not responsible for creating.

Next, compare that to what he has on the table.  1) Mac and Will are an all-star combination.  No doubt Texas will always have the offense, but now there is no doubt that good defensive players will come to Texas because of Will.  He gets a few years to learn the recruiting from one of the best in the game, and build a defensive tradition that he will be proud to take over. 2) He gets ultimate job security.  So many good coaches out there don't know where they are going to be from year to year.  Not only does Will have security in his current position, but he has his future position locked up as well.  There is a lot to be said for having that kind of mental freedom.  3) The money issue will take care of itself once he becomes the head coach.  Texas will be able to throw more money at him than almost anywhere else, and when they do it will more than make up for the small amount he may be loosing over the next few years.  4) He has just been handed the reigns to the #2 winningest football program in ncaa history.

Patience is a virtue.  Can't blame him for staying.  Cheers.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2008 9:33 am

Bobby Lowder is the Al Davis of college football


Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2008 2:23 am



How is this news? This information has been out there for at least a month. You know, the whole Muschamp succeeding Brown thing. Hell, they held a press conference in Nov, didn't they?

Puff piece - must be a slow news day.

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2008 7:42 pm


Then again, Muschamp could learn a thing about Mac Brown and say he is going to stay at Texas tonight and then go to Auburn tomorrow like Brown did to Carolina years ago.  Learn from the master Will.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2008 7:18 pm


Interesting point, drtank. Yes, Applewhite is the man there. Why they put him as the RB coach, and not as an assistant to the Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis, is beyond me. I see him taking over for Davis one of these years. He'd have to get REALLY pissed off, to pack up and head to College Station. You and I both know that that wouldn't happen, but I guess it would be a little humorous if he did.

Muschamp already stated that he needs more time to prepare himself to be a head coach. Hell, I still think Brown is more of a "president" of the football team, rather than a coach. I'm a loyal Longhorn fan and I still do not see what he (Brown) contributes from the sideline on Saturday's. Watching the UT Oklahoma State game, I was more impressed with the Cowboys' head coach....he was heavily into every facet/play of the game. Stoops is the same way. Brown just sits there and claps a lot.

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2008 6:57 pm


It just depends on what Muschamp wants.  If he wants the experience now rather than later (and bigger$ now) he could go.  Also leaving if he wants to be back in the SEC.  If he wants to wait, have a better chance of experiencing a NC, and learn recruiting from Brown, he'll stay.  I wouldn't say he's a sure coach in waiting, no matter how much they put on his contract.  A guy by the name of Applewhite is there and the university loves him.  Personally, I hope he gets pissed and goes to A&M as an O-coordinator.

And Austin is a big city with a lot to do.  The surrounding towns have great schools for a family man.  It's way to big for my small town taste (and to weird), but to each his own.  If Brown is telling him he'll be out for sure in the next few years, I'd stay.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2008 6:13 pm


Good point on the money thing and the waiting game, Flogger. That's too bad for O'Neil, but Arizona is no Texas, so my inclination is that Muschamp will stay because of what he can improve on as a coach/politician. That's my biased opinion, and I hope it plays out that way. My man Mac Brown could learn a thing or two from Muschamp about well, Muschamp will learn some valuable recruiting lesson's from the master recruiter Brown over these next several years. If Texas' plan plays out according to plan, this program will continue to strive.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2008 5:41 pm


Interesting comment. Tell that to Vince Young.

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