Florida takes Dogs’ potential next coach: Will Muschamp (UPDATE: He may take Kirby Smart with him)

Former Bulldog Will Muschamp has been an SEC assistant at Auburn and LSU but now he's the top guy at Florida.

Former Bulldog Will Muschamp has been an SEC assistant at Auburn and LSU but now he's the top guy at Florida.

(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


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CT_Jacket

December 11th, 2010
8:58 pm

Now that is a Wow hire!

Ron Zook Part 2

December 11th, 2010
9:04 pm

UGA will get ZOOKED again!!

old dog

December 11th, 2010
9:07 pm

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Finchdawg

December 11th, 2010
9:07 pm

Ughh…not happy. Think he’ll ever be welcome back in Athens?

old dog

December 11th, 2010
9:08 pm

maybe hewill take bobo with him

Goldbringer

December 11th, 2010
9:08 pm

Wow, that was unexpected.

DCJohn

December 11th, 2010
9:08 pm

Non issue. Even if Mark Richt is fired, which I hope he isn’t, Georgia would be able to do better than Will Muschamp.

Dawg4Life

December 11th, 2010
9:08 pm

Does he really fit their style of offense?

RED

December 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

Oh boy, now we’re in trouble. These recruits will want to play for a young and fiery coach. There’s always Chris Petersen in 2012 if CMR doesn’t turn things around fast!

Mark

December 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

Not to upset over this one. Texas Defense looked horrible this year and looked disorganized in the BCS last year.

Ummm

December 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

Who gives a crap? Good luck to him. I am worried about my team, the dawgs, and the direction they are headed, not who gets a job down the street.
Get a life, Schultz.

Supes

December 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

I gotta say, as a UGA fan, this hurts a little. It would have been much easier to continue my hatred for all things FLA if they had lets say…hired a Bob S. from Oklahoma or that mercenary Bobby turncoat Petrino…

Frank Lane

December 11th, 2010
9:10 pm

Bad hire for Florida I think. Texas was a bad as UGA this year. Muschamp not head coach material yet.

Georgia Fans Eats Idiots Sandwiches

December 11th, 2010
9:10 pm

This is going to kill the leghumpers.

Frank Lane

December 11th, 2010
9:10 pm

Donnan was a good head coach, just not good as working with alumni.

coachgb

December 11th, 2010
9:11 pm

He’ll be a good head coach. He was a good assistant at Texas but his numbers wern’t to great this year. Wonder if it might have something to do with the players on defense this year or did he just suddenly become dumb? (That was for all you Richt, Grantham haters.)

Sack Me

December 11th, 2010
9:11 pm

Wow, he can jump very high thouh! He’s going to kick the DAWGS ARSE!! Hahaha!!!

MIKE T

December 11th, 2010
9:12 pm

I wonder if he will hate the Dawgs like Spurrier did?

Right On Time

December 11th, 2010
9:12 pm

I still have no problem hating florida.

I hope he is a complete and utter failure.

Ummm

December 11th, 2010
9:12 pm

I guess your next article will be about …
” How UGA fans feel about a native of Atlanta winning the Heisman for a team other than the Bulldogs”.
Geez, man. Really? Can you just be a little positive for the next few months, or will that not pay the bills? Not get you enough ‘hits’ on your blog?

Dawg555

December 11th, 2010
9:13 pm

I really didn’t see that coming. Dang

USMC dawg

December 11th, 2010
9:13 pm

Will Muschamp is a great coach and will be a great fit at Florida.

Let’s get Dan Mullen next year and let him coach for the REAL bulldogs!

Mark Richt has done a great job but let’s face it, 10 years at the same school gets “stale”.

We need some fresh blood and discipline, Dan Mullen!

Doug

December 11th, 2010
9:14 pm

It really does not matter since Georgia dropped its football program two years ago to concentrate on academic excellence.

Alphare

December 11th, 2010
9:14 pm

I am not sure a former dawg player can coach.

Doc

December 11th, 2010
9:14 pm

Muschamp better get ready to be the most hated man in Georgia!!!! New name Will Mus-choke, goes well with Urban Crier, Urban Liar

Ga Gets Hosed

December 11th, 2010
9:14 pm

Ga should have fired richt and hired muschamp. He’ll have fla back on top right away with a top defense. Hopefully, he doesn’t get a good OC or UGA will be toast once again.

Clayton

December 11th, 2010
9:14 pm

It shouldn’t matter, he was Texas HC in waiting anyways, plus he has a different DEF than our DEF coordinator. If Richt has to go, how about Kirby Smart who also runs a 3-4 or an offensive guy like Harbaugh, or Peterson. We can’t expect every player or coach that was at UGA not to take jobs somewhere else. Especially if they aren’t coaching at UGA now.

Doug

December 11th, 2010
9:15 pm

Oh, I forget, academic excellence and good Christian fellowship.

dawgfan

December 11th, 2010
9:16 pm

“This is a dream come true to be the head coach of the Florida Gators,”

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Rod

December 11th, 2010
9:16 pm

If you are a dawg fan you gotta love this hire. Will Muschamp is so overrated. Derek Dooley on the other hand have UT back fight with UGA fo sec east titles. Florida made a horrid hire and they are going to have hard time keeping up. The top dogs in the east will be UT, UGA and SC for awhile. Muschamp will be fired with in 3 years.

Ummm

December 11th, 2010
9:16 pm

I am HAPPY that someone was able to find a JOB!!! So much for a “Bad” economy, huh?
I guess he will be making a starting salary between 1.7 to 3.5 mil a year? What a life.
Football coach makes in 1st year what 5,000 soldiers overseas make in their first year. God bless our country, we definately have our priorities right, huh?!

Draggin' Fly

December 11th, 2010
9:17 pm

Muschamp jumping off the sinking ship in Austin? Gator fans aren’t exactly cheering, I hear. And the Horns fans are getting the pitchforks out for Mack Brown.

I’m more interested in who he brings as OC. Not from Texas, I’m betting. Maybe his old teammate, Bobo? We can hope.

Georgia Fans Eats Idiots Sandwiches

December 11th, 2010
9:17 pm

If Georgia picked Muschamp to replace Hypocrite Richt, all you Georgia hicks be all over it. This Just adds more salt in uga wounds.

DataDawg

December 11th, 2010
9:17 pm

Who knows really but I feel better about it than if they had hired the Mississippi State guy.

Reader of Morons and quite a few idiots.

December 11th, 2010
9:17 pm

Great hire. His defensive numbers were down this year because the Texas Offense couldn’t stay on the field. Foley continues the winning tradition.

CMR

December 11th, 2010
9:18 pm

Whew! Dodged a bullet there.

Rod

December 11th, 2010
9:18 pm

Mark Richt is the best coach in the SEC.

the curse of Loran

December 11th, 2010
9:19 pm

No problem. We never really wanted him.

CMR

December 11th, 2010
9:19 pm

Thanks Rod, checks in the mail

Delbert D.

December 11th, 2010
9:19 pm

Got to like a coach that can levitate.

You can always tell a great hire for other schools, the humpers talk em down.

December 11th, 2010
9:20 pm

Rod

Maybe it will be as bad of hire as the Zooker. What did he do against the leg humpers, go 2-1?

McDawg

December 11th, 2010
9:20 pm

i can’t say i wish him success at UF but it speaks well of the UGA legacy

Reader of Morons and quite a few idio

December 11th, 2010
9:21 pm

And Rod your Richt is the best in the SEC is why I am a reader of Morons and idiots.

dawgfan

December 11th, 2010
9:21 pm

Well, we know one thing for sure. Will Muschamp picked up a lot of fans on North Avenue.

Muschamp will beat Georgia

December 11th, 2010
9:21 pm

just like all the ex Gators coaches !

trupert

December 11th, 2010
9:22 pm

As a Dawg fan, I’m glad they hired Muschamp instead of Mullen, Mullen would have been a much smoother transition, now the Gators will have to go through a hugh transition and Muschamp is not a proven comity as a head coach.

Bod

December 11th, 2010
9:22 pm

HaHa HaHa Richt ain’t gettin fired Ever! HaHa HaHa Mark Richt is a dam good dawg and still runs this state. Fools, we ain’t gettin rid of our CMR. Us real dawg fans love him. SO SUCK IT HATERS!

Reader of Morons and quite a few idiots

December 11th, 2010
9:22 pm

Humpers are amazing. Never knew he lived in Gainesville for 10 years.

dawgfan

December 11th, 2010
9:23 pm

I’m sure Florida and their jort wearing backers will deny it until they are blue in the face, but Mullen must not have been that interested. Surprising to say the least.