College football: Will Texas keep Will Muschamp?
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The Oklahoman Sports Columnist Berry Tramel | NewsOK.com
If Georgia fires football coach Mark Richt and comes hard after Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, would the Longhorns let him go? Maybe not.
A Texas source said over the weekend that UT might encourage Mack Brown to retire, that the ‘Horns might be ready to commence with the Muschamp era. Not because of any dissatisfaction of Brown, but because of a belief in Muschamp. That’s the extent of Texas’ devotion to Muschamp, who is in his third year as the UT defensive coordinator and has been designated Brown’s successor.
I think that’s silly, of course. Muschamp seems like an excellent head coaching candidate and obviously is a superb coordinator. But Brown has restored Texas football to the status it hasn’t reached since the 1960s. And it’s not like UT is staggering; the Longhorns played for the national championship this calendar year and had Alabama on its heels in the second half despite the ‘Horns’ early-game loss of quarterback Colt McCoy.
Despite a 3-2 start in 2010, Brown hasn’t lost his touch. He’s still running a big-time program producing big-time success with a bright future. Ending the Brown era to get to the Muschamp era makes no sense.
But it would make perfect sense for Muschamp to go to Georgia job, which is a great job and a great fit for Muschamp. Muschamp, 39, grew up in Rome, Ga., and was a walkon safety at Georgia before entering coaching. Muschamp was a successful defensive coordinator at LSU and Auburn, so his SEC roots run deep.
If Muschamp wants the Texas job, he still could take the Georgia job. Go to Georgia, do well and Texas will come calling when Brown decides to quit. Muschamp is incredibly popular in Texas, which is why some think he should be elevated at Brown’s expense.
Muschamp could be a candidate at LSU, too, if the Tigers cut loose Les Miles. But as much as Miles exasperates LSU, he’s winning too much to consider a change. The Bengals are 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the SEC, despite a series of close calls.
So Georgia seems the likely school to come calling for Muschamp in 2010. Georgia fell to 1-4 with a loss at Colorado, and suddenly Richt’s hold on the job seems perilous. From 2002 through 2008, Georgia averaged 10.6 wins a season. But the Bulldogs slipped to 8-5 last season and now are in free fall. You know how SEC schools are.
Every football team’s fan base has the patience of a 2-month-old, but most universities don’t succumb to such nonsense. In the SEC, they do. So Richt, one of the nation’s better coaches, might be employed elsewhere next season.