According to multiple sources, former Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has accepted the head coaching job with the University of Florida, to replace Urban Meyer who resigned earlier this week.
This move comes as a shock given that no previous rumors had surfaced about a connection between Florida and Muschamp.
Limited information has surfaced regarding the terms of Muschamp's contract to this point, but it is reasonable to assume that the offer from Florida was greater than the $900,000 salary Muschamp was paid as the Texas Longhorns' coach-in-waiting to replace Mack Brown when the time arose.
Muschamp's departure raises even greater questions for Mack Brown and the Longhorns' administration as the team enters the holiday season. Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds now faces the daunting task of hiring a replacement not only for offensive coordinator Greg Davis, but also for Muschamp.
Given that Bobby Kennedy, the Texas wide receivers coach; and Jeff Madden, the long-time strength and conditioning coach; are also considering a move, the shakeups in Austin may have just begun.
It will be interesting in the coming weeks to see the names that surface as potential replacements for both Muschamp and Davis. As we have seen recently, Bryan Harsin has emerged as a primary candidate for the offensive coordinator position.
Who will Texas consider to replace Muschamp? Could Wade Phillips, the former Dallas Cowboys head coach, make a move to Austin?
With news this fresh, it's difficult to begin speculation about who will be the new defensive coordinator on the Forty Acres. As the coming weeks pass, things will definitely become more clear. For now, Longhorn fans are probably still in shock regarding this news.
Something must really be amiss around Belmont Hall.