Will Muschamp Accepts Head Coaching Job at the University of Florida

D. PritchardContributor IDecember 12, 2010

The search for the next head coach at the University of Florida appears to be over. Saturday evening Gatorsports.com reported that Will Muschamp has accepted the job to take over for the recently resigned Urban Meyer. The athletic department at the University of Florida suggested that Muschamp was the only person interviewed for the job. 

Muschamp was the coach-in-waiting at the University of Texas, but it appears the wait may have been too long. Muschamp was the defensive coordinator for the Longhorns for the past three years. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator at Auburn University under Tommy Tuberville, with other stops at LSU and the Miami Dolphins, where he was a protege of Nick Saban.

Muschamp takes over for Meyer who resigned after six years in Gainesville. Meyer suggested he plans on staying in Gainesville and participating in some role with the university going forward, which was something Jeremy Foley said he would bring up to candidates before an offer was extended. With Muschamp recently in a coaching-in-waiting mode, he appears to have no problem with the ex-Gator coach hanging around.

Muschamp has yet to make an announcement at this time and a staff has not been suggested. Texas was eliminated from bowl consideration after a 5-7 season, so Muschamp should be able to take up residency in Gainesville immediately. He should also be able to hit the ground running in an effort to keep together a recruiting class that features the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the country, Jeff Driskel.

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