(Updated below with report about Kirby Smart possibly going to Florida with Muschamp)
First Derek Dooley, Vince’s son, goes to Tennessee.
Now Will Muschamp becomes the new Florida head coach.
What could possibly happen next to toy with the emotions of the average Georgia fan? Herschel Walker becomes a special adviser to Auburn?
Muschamp, a Georgia native and former Bulldogs’ safety, has been named the new head coach of the Gators, replacing Urban Meyer. This likely won’t go over well in Athens, where many fans had hoped as recently as a year ago that Muschamp would return to the Dogs as defensive coordinator (replacing Willie Martinez) and/or as an assistant head coach to Mark Richt. There also was the thought he could possibly replace Richt one day.
Well, that’s one less name in the candidate pool now.
It would’ve been so much easier to work up a hate if Bobby Petrino had gotten the Florida job.
If you’re a Georgia fan, is there a part of you that hopes Muschamp succeeds — as is the case with Derek Dooley — or would you prefer he just morphs into the next Ron Zook?
UPDATE: According to the Tuscaloosa News, Muschamp is targeting another former Bulldog, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, to come with him to Gainesville. As you recall, Smart turned down a chance to return to Athens last season as Willie Martinez’ replacement and received a significant raise to stay at Alabama. The Tuscaloosa News reported: “It is not known if Muschamp already has offered the position to Smart, who could not be reached for comment. Smart, who last year won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, received a raise to $750,000 a year after Georgia made a big-money offer to him.”
There’s no guarantee that Muschamp will be a great head coach. Nor can we say for certain that he would’ve been athletic director Greg McGarity’s top choice if the time came for a coaching change in Athens.
But Muschamp is regarded as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches and it was only a matter of time before he got a head coaching offer. In fact, he had rejected overtures from other schools in the past couple of years to remain at Texas, where he was defensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting to Mack Brown.
“This is a dream come true to be the head coach of the Florida Gators,” he said in a statement. “I grew up watching the Gators and whatever other SEC team was on television. I have great memories watching SEC football with my father on Saturdays and playing football in the back yard with my two brothers right here in Gainesville.”
What are you thoughts on this, Dogs’ fans?
– By Jeff Schultz