Two pretty good sources say Florida has its new coach.
The Florida Times-Union and Tim Tebow is twittering that Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. Tebow "broke" the news with a tweet at about 8 p.m. ET saying, "Welcome to the Gator family Coach Muschamp."
Muschamp got his SEC head coaching job but not the one many thought it would be. Georgia always seemed to be a threat to call Muschamp back home but that's not the big-time SEC opening that was available. Florida apparently has its man three days after Urban Meyer resigned.
The 39-year-old Muschamp has been the coach-in-waiting at Texas for slightly more than two years. With Mack Brown's future as head coach open-ended, Muschamp can't be blamed for taking one of the best jobs in the country. Currently, he is making $900,000 per year with the Longhorns who, like the Gators, slumped badly this season (5-7). He'll get a hefty raise at Florida where the Gators are coming off a 7-5 season that led to a burned-out Meyer calling it quits this week.
Muschamp is a year younger than Meyer was when he came from Utah after the 2004. The former Georgia safety is a disciple of Nick Saban whose defenses are known for their aggressiveness and innovation.
Two years ago, Muschamp told me, "If I had left Austin, my wife was staying."
Not when Texas is down, Mack Brown's future is unclear and Florida comes calling.