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Post Hook ’em, MFer

Thursday January 3, 2008

Orangebloods.com, the Texas Rivals site, is reporting that the Longhorns will add current Auburn defensive coordinator and former Bulldog player Will Muschamp to Mack Brown’s staff. Three years ago Texas raided Auburn’s defensive coordinator, and Gene Chizik produced a national title defense for them in 2005.

If the move pans out, it will add to an offseason of churn on the Auburn staff. Tommy Tuberville has already replaced offensive coordinator Al Borges, but he wasn’t planning on shaking up his aggressive defense. Muschamp had been mentioned in connection with the Arkansas, Southern Miss, and Georgia Tech head coaching vacancies, but a lateral move as defensive coordinator wasn’t expected.

Muschamp had said just a week ago that, “I have a 6-year-old and a 2-year-old and a wife that likes living in certain places. Quality of life is very important.” You can’t really compare Austin and Auburn in that respect. As someone with head coaching aspirations, perhaps Muschamp sees Texas as a better stepping stone on a career path that has to settle down soon. Even with his young family, the Texas position would be his fourth job since the 2004 season.

From Petrino to Chizik to Borges to Muschamp, Tuberville has made some pretty good hires along the way, and his decision to demote Hugh Nall in favor of Borges in 2004 has been credited with saving Tuberville’s job. Muschamp’s replacement should be no less interesting of a decision.

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