Could Will Muschamp be available in 2011?

It’s Friday again which means the floor is open to discuss any topic, football or otherwise. Here are just a few opinions/questions to get the party started this morning:

 1. Don’t look now, but Will Muschamp could be available for the 2011 season. Muschamp, the former Georgia Bulldog and current defensive coordinator at Texas, has one of the great deals in college football. He is the coach in waiting to Mack Brown and Texas continues to pay Muschamp handsomely to remain in that spot. Tennessee came calling last January when Lane Kiffin bolted for USC and Muschamp told AD Mike Hamilton that he was staying put in Austin.

But the dynamic changed at Texas this week as word came that DeLoss Dodds, one of the best athletics directors in the country, was negotiating an extension to his contract, which previously ran through 2011. There has been talk for several years that when Dodds, 72, retired head football coach Mack Brown would slide into that chair and Muschamp would become the Longhorns’ head coach. But if Dodds remains in place so does Brown, who is only 58 and whose contract runs through 2016 at $5 million per year.

I talked to Will during the NFL draft and suggested to him that, despite his telling Tennessee no earlier this year, others would come calling in December. “I’m very happy at Texas. I think I have the best job in college football,” he said. Stay tuned.


2. Should Derek Dooley allow Bryce Brown to return to the Tennessee football program? It’s probably not fair to the kid but Brown, who some recruiting services said was the No. 1 prospect in the country in 2009, has become the symbol for everything that was wrong with the Lane Kiffin regime at Tennessee. Brown saw limited action behind Montario Hardesty at running back last season because Hardesty was having a great year. When Dooley became head coach in January he brought a more team-centered approach to the job. Brown said he would be leaving Tennessee but he hasn’t left yet. He also did not take part in spring practice. Some Tennessee fans who have welcomed Dooley on the Big Orange Caravan Spring booster tour want to know about Brown’s status. Dooley has made it clear that if Brown wants to return, it will have to be with the understanding that the culture has changed at Tennessee. Dooley doesn’t have to convince Brown to return. Brown has to convince Dooley that he can adapt to a new way of doing things in Knoxville. “I’m not going to make a recruiting pitch to get him,” Dooley told one of the booster clubs. Given the situation at Tennessee right now, Dooley needs all of the good football players he can get. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out.


3. Why did Miami wait so long to sign Randy Shannon? In this day and age, when recruiting is like hand-to-hand combat, it is unheard of to send assistant coaches on the road recruiting when the head coach is in the last year of his contract. But that’s what Miami did to Randy Shannon for the first couple of weeks in May. Shannon got a new four-year deal this week, but not before he and other coaches had to answer question after question about his future.

Shannon, the former Miami player and long-time defensive coordinator, has done the job he was asked to do when he became head coach in 2007. He has restocked the talent base with  great players who have gotten a little better each season. Shannon won five games in 2007, seven in 2008, and nine last season. This will be his first senior class and there is reason for optimism in 2010.

Shannon has also been a stern disciplinarian, on and off the field. He cracked the whip academically and now the Miami program is consistently among the top 10 percent in APR in all of college football.

“My attorney kept telling me, be patient, not take it personal, it’s business,” Shannon told the Associated Press this week. “It was business. I’m glad it’s done.”


4. Mississippi State made a great hire in Scott Stricklin: You’d have to say that things are pretty stable at Mississippi State with Dan Mullen as head football coach and Rick Stansbury as the men’s basketball coach. So continuity is what Mississippi State needed when athletics director Greg Byrne, an Arizona State grad, announced that he was returning home to be the AD at Arizona. The Bulldogs made a very good move in hiring Scott Stricklin, Byrne’s top assistant. Strickland, 40, will bring the same kind of energy to the job. He’s a Mississippi State grad who will be in that seat for a while. He was instrumental in hiring Mullen, and the excitement surrounding the Mississippi State football program is just huge. He was involved in making sure Stansbury stayed in place when Clemson came courting earlier this year.

Another good candidate at Mississippi State could have been Joe Dean, Jr., who is now the AD at Birmingham Southern. Dean is a Mississippi State grad and one of the bright minds in college athletics. Somebody needs to take a look at that guy.


5. The bowl volunteers in Arizona are going to be busy: Folks, the bowl business isn’t really complicated. If you want to improve your bowl game, then get to work and find some more cash. That is what the Insight Bowl did last week. The Insight has always been pretty far down the pecking order in the bowl business and didn’t create a whole lot of buzz outside the state of Arizona with its match up of lower level Big Ten and Big 12 teams. But last week the bowl announced that it was increasing its payout from $1.35 million to  about $3.35 million per team. For that the Insight will get the No. 4 pick in the Big 12 and the No. 4 or No. 5 team from the Big Ten. ESPN has jumped on board and signed the Insight to a four-year deal, saving it from another stint on the NFL Network, where it was a fish out of water.

So if you like college football and nice weather, the Phoenix area may be a good place to go after Christmas. The Insight Bowl will be held on Dec. 28 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Four days later, on Jan. 1, the Fiesta Bowl will be played in nearby Glendale. Then on Jan. 10 Glendale will host the BCS championship game.

So why does a city do this? Simple: The last time the Phoenix area hosted three bowl games (2006-2007), the economic impact was just over $400 million.


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207 comments Add your comment

Asheville Dawg

May 14th, 2010
8:30 am

Interesting article. And first!

Asheville Dawg

May 14th, 2010
8:33 am

Always thought Muschamp had a long wait at Texas. How patient can a man be?

Atlanta Jackets

May 14th, 2010
8:37 am

First! Stuff it mutts!


May 14th, 2010
8:38 am

IF the SEC does expand and takes a few from the ACC – the only 2 I could see being a nice fit would be Clemson & FSU – just my opinion.


May 14th, 2010
8:40 am

I will truly be surprised if Will Muschamp actually ends up as head coach at Texas. For example, if Mack Brown hangs on as long as Bobby Bowden did, it will be 22 more years before the position opens up. How old would Muschamp be by then, early 60s?

I’ve never like the whole “Coach in Waiting” concept. I guess this year we’ll find out how it worked out for Florida State.


May 14th, 2010
8:45 am

Regarding Joe Dean, Jr. and he Insight Bowl, this is some very persuasive advertising, Tony. Maybe I will catch the Insight Bowl then stick around for BAMA in the BCS championship game. Thanks for the vacation idea.

Jan Spiro

May 14th, 2010
8:46 am

Tony: have you read the papers lately? There is a bit of upheavel in Arizona right now. If you go to these bowl games, you might want to have your passport with you.

Ron Mexico

May 14th, 2010
8:55 am

Randy Shannon may be “cracking the whip” academically, but APR has little to do with actual academic achievement, just graduation rate.

Rational Citizen

May 14th, 2010
8:55 am

Back once again to encourage everyone to consider the benefits of legalizing marijuana. At a time when local, state, and federal governments are slashing spending we as a nation continue to bury our collective heads in the sand and ignore the potential windfall of tax revenue that would come from simply bringing what is currently a multi-billion dollar market out of the shadows and into the light. When responsible, TAX-PAYING citizens are permitted to open regulated dispensaries they will be paying property taxes, payroll taxes, social security taxes, sales taxes, etc.

Marijuana is far less harmful to society than alcohol or tobacco, and it should be treated accordingly, with the same restrictions currently imposed on the sale and use of alcohol.

Legalization would also cripple the Mexican narco-terrorists who currently derive approximately 60% of their profits from legalization. Let’s create jobs here in America through the legalization, regulation, and TAXATION of marijuana.

help, I live in Ga

May 14th, 2010
8:55 am

If you think Dooley needs to change his approach about Bryce Brown, then you don’t know Dooley. But I think you do. It’s about the program and the team, not about the player. Bryce Brown is a smart kid. Hopefully he will get some good advice and ask Coach Dooley The Sequal if he can come back. If that happens, Dooley will let the team decide what to do. And the word I hear is that they will welcome him back.

I bet the Insight Bowl is a bit nervous after upping the ante and then watching the state of Az get trashed by the liberal media because it decided to enforce immigration laws that the federal government won’t enforce. Two weeks in Az in the middle of winter would be awesome. Especially with 3 college football games to attend.

Reptiles Rule

May 14th, 2010
8:58 am

I would only leave Texas if it was an elite job with $$$$$$ attached in a place I could recruit. Could Georgia come calling in the next couple of years? I’d say there’s a good chance. Gotta respect some of the things Dooley is doing at Tenn, reminds me of when Butch Davis went into UMiami and did some of his housecleaning. Butch still deserves alot of credit for cleaning up that program. Shannon, despite the new contract, is on borrowed time. Like Richt, a couple more sub-par seasons and it will be see-ya! But he is cheap (Shannon, that is) as he was the lowest paid coach in the ACC last year. So I’m sure that in the case of a school like Miami, economics are playing a role as well.

Sven Ottke

May 14th, 2010
9:07 am

Jan Spiro, what upheavel is that? Oh you mean enforcing a law on the Federal Books to protect it’s citizens. Wasn’t sure what you were talking about when you said upheavel. You must have meant enforcing a law that is already federally in effect.


May 14th, 2010
9:11 am

I guess Im missing where Shannon has “restocked” the talent base with talented players. His class this year ranked #16 based around 2 and 3 star players. Same with his 2009 class that ranked #15. Maybe he is living off his 2008 class that ranked #5, but of his 4 recruiting classes, that is the only really good one. 2007 #19, 2008 #5, 2009 #15, 2010 #16. Sorry but for someone who is supposed to be a recruiting guru for the south florida area, those numbers just dont impress me. But hey, its good to see Miami’s program has now fallen to the point where media members and fans have questioned why a Hurricane coach who just lost 4 games last season has not gotten an extension yet.


May 14th, 2010
9:16 am

Joe Deans,, famous quote,, “String Music”. Dooley needs to hold his ground with regards to Brown at Tennessee. Team’s win football games,, individuals don’t.


May 14th, 2010
9:17 am

Reptiles Rule….I agree on Dooley. Unfortunatly for him though, I do not think the Vol fan base is going to give him the time needed to get the program back on track. You listen to most Vol fans and they want to compete for an SEC title and be at a Florida/Alabama level by year three of Dooley. Just not realistic expectations for a school based in a state that does not produce much if any D1 talent at the high school level. Probably a losing season this year, followed by a 7-8 win season the next two years after and they will call for his head.

Reservoir Dawg

May 14th, 2010
9:26 am

Bryce Brown can take a hike! Hit the road Jack….


May 14th, 2010
9:27 am

1. Maybe, but Will M. doesn’t seem like the impatient type to me. Honestly, I thought he would take the UT head coach job. Think about it, your first head coach gig is a historic big boy in the SEC. It doesn’t get much better career wise than that. He obviously loves Texas and wants to ride it out.

2. Looks like someone got a heaping dose of reality. Mr. Brown is ruining his football career. Talent will only take you so far, attitude means a lot more. The NFL knows this too.

3. I’m kind of in the dark about this. I also don’t know what the big deal is really. The coach had a year left on his contract. They gave him a new contract. Who cares when it happend.

4. Unless someone snatches Mullen away, I’m pretty sure that Miss St is going to realign the SEC west pecking order pretty soon.

5. Look, Brian Kelly thought so little of the bowls he left his Cinncy team right before their first ever Sugar bowl apparence. That one move said a lot to me about how the players and coaches feel about bowl games. Good for those Insight Bowl people, but it’s just another mediocre exhibition game.


May 14th, 2010
9:28 am

The job Muschamp is waiting for is in Athens, Georgia. It’s the only one he’d leave Austin for.

Butts Wagner

May 14th, 2010
9:29 am

The last time the Phoenix area hosted three bowl games (2006-2007), the economic impact was just over $400 million.

There are a lot of studies that say that these types of economic impact numbers are way overstated because other information is not included in these reports. These studies basically say that at best, the areas only break even.

Pago Pago Dawg

May 14th, 2010
9:36 am

Good news for Arizona and Dooley.

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Phoenix Cop

May 14th, 2010
9:41 am

Hey, you ! What kind of name is “Swen Ottke” ? Let me see your papers . Don’t have em ? Let’s go downtown.


May 14th, 2010
9:47 am

Muschamp is in a no-lose situation…..he gets recognition and praise for the Longhorn’s successes, without all of the responsibility and liability. He may very well be a fine head coach some day, but right now he’s enjoying “the Bahamas in winter”.

Bryce Brown is a Lane Kiffin clone…..needing the spotlight and adulation. He’s a me person in a team game. You’ve all heard that there’s no “I” in “team”…..but there is a “me”…..and there’s only room for 1, so he kinda sticks out.

Oh, by the way…..Rational Citizen, what prompted the marijuana discourse? Was it the mere mention of Arizona….which makes one think of Mexicans….and Mexico……and corruption…..drug cartels…mass murders…..porous borders hemorrhaging illegal immigrants of unknown backgrounds laying waste to private property and endangering citizens….etc., etc.

Never mind, I guess I answered my own question.


May 14th, 2010
9:50 am


Jan Spiro – responding to your 8:46 Post – I vote that more national events be held in Arizona including the Super Bowl. You have your PASSPORT comment all wrong:

With the illegal invasion of Mexican civilians into this country
– and the fact that the Mexican Government is actually encouraging this invasion with printed material explaining how to take advantage of the US system
- and the claim that land in that part of the country naturally belongs to them
- and the amount of violence and increase in Public assistance that LAW ABIDING ARIZONA citizens are dealing with.

I would say that the actions by the STATE of ARIZONA empowering themselves to enforce FEDERAL LAW is very American …… and will probably prevent YOU from having to use a PASSPORT when Mexico tries to reclaim parts of that area of the country – as they claim belongs to them.

Don’t get me wrong:
– I welcome immigrants that want to come to this country to improve their lot in life
– work hard
– motivated to build a better future for their family
– proudly contribute to our society
– want to embrace and assimilate in this country’s culture and freedoms
– shun handouts and governement assistance
– and do it legally by filling our the paperwork and going through the LEGAL process.

1. Levy heavy penalties on people and companies that employ illegal aliens – $10,000 per head and jail time for repeat offenders.

2. Encourage – YES encourage LEGAL immigration through proper work visas sponsored by employers that need the workers.

3. Remember – all illegal aliens – when caught – are owed humane treatment, due process – and deportation.

4. Pass the FAIR TAX – this will enusre all people have ownership, investment, and financial participation this great country!!!

I was intially against the fair tax – until I studied the detail – it is very fair – and does have empathy for lower wage earners – and all tax payers – by providing a monthly prebate that will cover all essential goods.

One more thing……………….



May 14th, 2010
9:53 am

Rational Citizen, I’ll throw you a bone and support it’s medical use as well. Bottom line, we have suffering patients that can find immense relief from a plant. Medical personel (especially in this area) are too scared to go anywhere near it though in fear of it’s Schedule I classification and punishment to them for trying to do their job of bringing relief.

You think big pharma wants a drug out there that’s safe, cheap, and brings relief? My guess is they will lobby to keep it illegal as well. Instead they’ll just keep pumping out bogus drugs and make millions *cough Neurontin cough*. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great medications out there, but greed and $’s are running the show.

But I digress, Go Dawgs!

Owsley da Bear

May 14th, 2010
9:56 am

The Brightest young guy in Athletics these days is John Currie @ K-State.
He had great run in Knoxville, and is a phenomenal fund raiser.

17 of 20

May 14th, 2010
9:58 am

Georgia needs to do everything they can to hang on to the tan man, give him a big raise in his salary.

Gator Bob

May 14th, 2010
9:59 am

STAN – where have you been brother??? You have not posted in a while!

Still think the dogs are going to have a great season this year??

Enjoyed your politcal post – now let’s get back to talking sports!!!


May 14th, 2010
10:00 am

Bama Stan for President! I’m with you!

Stone Mtn Dawg

May 14th, 2010
10:04 am

Coach Shannon deserved his contract extension – Miami has improved under his watch – and they play a very tough OOC.

Vols have a good man in Dooley 2.0 – the question remains – can he execute his vision? With that said – I hope we beat the hell out of Tennessee this year – and the next – and the next – and the next …..

Sanford Sewage

May 14th, 2010
10:13 am

Muschamp replaces Richt in 2011 – Is that what Dawgnation is crying about today.


May 14th, 2010
10:14 am

Things are deteriorating for Richt, 3 years in a row of fewer wins. A brand new QB for the 3rd time in 3 seasons. Struggling with turnovers, penalties, and losing to Florida year after year after year. You’d have to say if Richt could alter these things, he would have already. The program is in a freefall.

Re-Occurence of turnovers, penalties, and losing to Florida means:
1)Richt has no idea what’s causing all these things
2)Richt’s solutions don’t work

Will Muschamp and Kirby Smart are both on speed dial.


May 14th, 2010
10:15 am

Congrats to Shannon, he has really cleaned up that program and I think he is good for his kids. Where has the U finished in the Fulmer cup compared to their Florida Big 3 rivals?

Muschamp I think would be open to leaving for the right job. UT is a setup to get fired, you’re following a legend in Fulmer (like him or not), Lane left the talent pool empty, UT must recuit out of state to compete for SEC titles, and 2 of your 3 rivals are at the top of their game with the 3rd making some positive changes. If a job like the one Saban took at Bama came open I could see Muschamp leaving.


May 14th, 2010
10:15 am

Stan….if it wasn’t for that last “roll tide” line, I’d have to agree with you 100%…..preach on, brother!

About Bryce Brown….if he stays, and puts his heart into being a productive member of the team, I think that he deserves to be supported by our fans. Dooley is in the unenviable position, however of being too new and “unproven” to give in to one of his player’s prima donna acts. He has to be ‘hardline’ at this point to secure control of a team that’s experienced too much chaos in the last 2+ years.

To Bryce Brown…stay at UT…if you can make your work ethic match your talent, you’ll be a tremendous asset to the team…..Just remember – at this point, you’re going to have to earn everything you get….there can be no free passes based on assumption of talent!


May 14th, 2010
10:17 am

GeneralNeyland96, Agreed 100% with your 1st paragraph.

College Football Blog

May 14th, 2010
10:19 am

Bama Stan,

WGAS? This is a college football blog.


May 14th, 2010
10:26 am

Better be prepared for what you wish for. Who knows how good Muschamp is.

Bobo is a former UGA player. He is not automatically good.

Anybody can be good for Texas. Just check who is before Muschamp. It may have more to do with Texas and Brown.

Kirby Smart is really that good? or is it Saban that makes everybody working with him look good. Just check who is before Smart under Saban’s wings. They all look good to me.


May 14th, 2010
10:27 am


Gator Bob – I am starting to pick and choose when to post – and my travel schedule has been unreal.

Yes – UGA is positioned for a great year – 2009 – I thought they would be lucky to win 7 games with losing Stafford, Moreno – a defense that statistically has been in reverse for several seasons – penalty issues, etc. And I was pretty accurate.

2010 – UGA well positioned :
- still a lot of IF’s – starting with South Carolina and Arkansas.
- Get by these two – UGA could make a run until JAX.
- Auburn will be improved – this game will be lights out!
- GT – rivalry game – you just never know – this one up for grabs.

Florida is the team to beat – and will pick the Gators over UGA as they have deep talent of incredible athletes that fit their system, excellent coaching – excellent game day coaching – etc. Urban may not be the most likeable guy (neither is SABAN) but both are very hands on and know what they are doing.

However, I applaud CMR for changing up his defensive staff and getting more involved with the offense.

UGA could easily win 9 games in 2010 – would not be surprised if they won 10 and potentially 11.

IF UGA wins 10 games – there will be a very positive fallout on recruiting. UGA has lost luster in the eyes of a lot of ELITE recruits due to undisciplined and uninspiring play the last two years.
Ask yourself – what is the difference in going to a falling UGA or an rising Auburn – or a “NEW” program like Tennessee – yes, a fresh start with a new coach can be a positive.


May 14th, 2010
10:42 am

Rational Citizen- this is a sports vent not a platform for you to give your opinion on anything else. It is my hope that you will be banned from this site.


May 14th, 2010
10:43 am

B. Brown should only be allowed back on UT’s team if the players say it is okay for him to rejoin.

Also, by all means, support any bowl games, vacations, business trips, conventions, etc in Arizona…the state which has the stones to handle what our corrupt federal government won’t–
ILLEGAL immigration.

Ogeechee Dawg

May 14th, 2010
10:44 am

GenNeyland96 – good post!

Otto – agree with your post reagrding UT – sort of – therein lies the challange of Tennessee year in and year out. Every SEC school will have to deal with the current heavy weight – whether its LSU, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, etc. Recruiting more of a national footprint due to level of HS football. A big name like Tennessee – with its rabid fan base, huge stadium, and investment in facilites – will only be down for a few years – like Bama, Auburn or UGA – things go in cycles.

There are a lot of coaches that will embrace the challange of Tennessee – and any SEC school for that matter

Bama Stan – you are classic – enjoyed your post- right on brother!!!


May 14th, 2010
10:44 am

Bryce Brown was suckered in to going to Tick Hound “U” by Lame Kitten…. the sooner he gets out of there and transfers to Miami the better off he will be.


May 14th, 2010
10:48 am

i don’t think any football fan will care about what the left-wingers are trying to do in AZ-the left couldn’t care less about what is happening in AZ they are simply trying to score political points by painting anyone who disagrees w/ them as a racist (oldest con in the book) AZ is a great place to be in Dec-Jan and if my dawgs are lucky enough i will be there too

help, I live in Ga

May 14th, 2010
10:49 am

KGator, Tn will be patient with Dooley. Just look at his contract. If he goes 0-24 and Tn fires him, they pay him $5 million to buy out his contract. That’s on top of the $4mil they would have already paid him. So yes, Tn is into Dooley for the long run. Dooley and Adams made sure of that. If Dooley leaves, it will be for Georgia after 6 years. $5 million buyout for the first 3 yrs….I should have been a coach.

And Stoned Mtn Dawg–if Ga doesn’t beat Tn this year, I’d bet on Muschamp being your coach sooner than you might think. Tn has been bad lately but still has no problem with Ga. Kind of embarrassing.


May 14th, 2010
10:49 am

SEC needs to invest in men’s soccer – the real football! Actually – am now a huge fan of the SEC league and the passionate fans! Bamastan = agree with your comments – adios amigos!!!


May 14th, 2010
10:52 am

Tony, so Mack Brown is only 58? I would have guessed he was pushing 70. Why do some 50 something coaches look 20 years older than they are? They have access to the best workout facilities and weight rooms money can buy not to mention they make at least a couple of million and can well afford to do something surgery wise to improve their appearance. Coach K is in his 60’s but could pass for 48 because he obviously takes the time to work out and sees a cosmetic surgeon. What is wrong with these other people?


May 14th, 2010
10:52 am

and i’m getting a wee bit tired of the Kirby Smart Will Muschamp Assistant coach fetish//these guys are going to be prima donnas before you know it w/o any track record as a head coach-i would take Tuberville over muschamp or Smart for that matter any day or someone like Brian Kelley-i’m not saying these guys will not be great coaches one day but lets keep things in perspective


May 14th, 2010
10:55 am

Saban hung out with Mack Brown Monday in California while shooting a GameDay commercial. During a media Q-n-A at a celebrity golf tournament in Hoover this week, Saban was asked about conference expansion. He said he wasn’t concerned and that Slive could handle it. But he said Mack Brown was really worried about the future of the Big 12. Looks like all this expansion talk is more than just posturing by the Big Ten.

help, I live in Ga

May 14th, 2010
10:57 am

Bryce Brown won’t go to Miami. Didn’t his brother transfer out of there? Bryce may go the way of Aaron Douglas-Freshman All America lineman from Tn. Go to Arizona Western JuCo and wait for Kiffin to call for next season. It’s a short drive to USC from there.

But honestly, this guy seems like a bright, unselfish kid so it’s puzzling. Some have said it’s family problems and that’s why his brother transferred from Miami. I think he’s a little put off by a coach with a southern drawl and he’s never heard of Vince. I don’t care if he comes back or not. He was good and showed some potential, but he’s not great.
CDD-it’s the team not the player that counts.

help, I live in Ga

May 14th, 2010
10:59 am

Geez–I’m guessing it’s the Texas sun and Texas sized steaks.