Gators hire Muschamp
Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 4:54 pm
By: By JIM VERTUNO and MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Maybe Will Muschamp got tired of waiting.
The defensive coordinator and heir apparent at Texas jumped to Florida on Saturday night, taking over one of the premier jobs in college football and replacing two-time national champion Urban Meyer.
“This is a dream come true,” Muschamp said in a statement.
Muschamp will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday evening.
He also will be reunited with a place he used to call home. Muschamp spent 10 years in Gainesville as a kid, graduated from Georgia and coached at Auburn and LSU.
He knows Florida. He knows the Southeastern Conference. For the Gators, that background outweighed his lack of head-coaching experience.
“I grew up watching the Gators and whatever other SEC team was on television,” Muschamp said. “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.”