Monday, December 13, 2010

Gators Hire Assistant From Texas to Coach

From the New York Times:

That is where Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley had deftly executed one of the most stealth big-time coaching searches in recent memory, as the Gators named the Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as their new head coach.

Muschamp was the designated coach in waiting at Texas, a job that, along with coaching Florida, is among the sport’s elite. Muschamp takes over for Urban Meyer, who raised the already crazed expectations in Gainesville by winning two national titles during his six seasons.

“Coach Muschamp is a great hire for the University of Florida,” Meyer said. “He is a relentless recruiter and brings a tremendous amount of energy and passion to the game. I would run into him on the road often on the recruiting trail and have always been impressed with him as a coach and a person.”


Silly me. I thought that because the season was over for the Longhorns things couldn't get any worse. There are other ways to lose. And this one is almost as bad as watching the injured Colt McCoy warming a bench on the sideline during the ill fated Alabama game last year. Muschamp is everything people say about him, brilliant, a genius. And he was also coach-in-waiting for Texas, which gave the Longhorn nation, I'm sure, a sense of security over the long term. Now he's gone. I didn't even know that was a possibility. This means Texas must replace not only its offensive coordinator, who recently resigned, but also the defensive coordinator. Clearly, the 5-7 Longhorns are now in total disarray.

At least there's still a chance Major Applewhite could get the chief offense job. I mean, I have no idea if he's up to the task, but he is, after all, Major fuckin' Applewhite. Wouldn't it be fab if the Longhorn fan fave became a brilliant offensive coordinator at the school where he wrote his own legend?

Yeah, I'm an optimist. For the Longhorns, anyway.