It appears Texas is very worried about Will Muschamp heading to Athens to take over if Mark Richt is indeed fired at the end of the season. According to Berry Tramel a columnist with The Daily Oklahoman, that Texas may be in the process of pushing head coach Mack Brown out so the program can “get on” with the Muschamp era.
According to Tramel, administrators inside the Texas program “have a belief” in Muschamp and don’t want to lose him to Georgia. Muschamp is making $1.1 million in his role as head coach-in-waiting. However, many believe he would jump at the opportunity to return the Athens where he played as a safety under Ray Goff. If Muschamp becomeshead coach, he could expect at least a $1 million bump in salary which he would not be able to get in his currrent situation in Austin. Another factor is that Brown is not expected to vacate his capacity as head coach anytime soon.
It is also believed that Muschamp would become one of McGarity’s top targets, not only because of his status as an alumnus, but also where he learned the trade. Muschamp was defensive coordinator under Nick Saban at LSU and was a major part of the program’s national title run in 2003. With Muschamp’s similar role in Texas the past four seasons, the 39 year old has coached under arguably the two best coaches in the game. A very attractive resume for any AD looking for someone to rebuild their program.
It will be interesting to see how this situation in Austin plays out. However, I for one, have a hard time believing that Texas could force out someone as classy and successful as Mack Brown.