It didn’t take long for Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley to get his new man, but who could blame him as every second that a college team goes without a head coach makes the recruiting process that much more difficult. Foley went “deep in the heart of Texas” to get his man. Former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will prowl the sidelines for Florida in 2011 and he will be formally introduced during Tuesday’s press conference.
Muschamp will be the 23rd coach in Florida football history. Muschamp is known by and larger for being a defensive guru and a great recruiter. Before being D.C. at Texas, he had two other stints as D.C. in the SEC, once for Auburn and also with LSU, where he coached the defense to the BCS National Title. Muschamp has great recruiting ties in the State of Texas and Florida, the two richest states in terms of recruiting. He is also very familiar with SEC football, another prerequisite according to Foley. Muschamp grew up an SEC fan and has coached 8 of his 16 years in the SEC.
His defenses have continually ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense and his hiring will no doubt make an impact on the much talked about freshman class, which is loaded with defensive talent, that reacted very strongly to Meyer’s announcement earlier this week, even going as far as saying they were all leaving. Of course this is probably a knee jerk reaction from emotional 18 year olds, but it is good to know that one of the best and most respected defensive coaches is now ready to assume command in Gainesville. They say “defense wins championships”, if so then Florida is well positioned for the future. Now the only left is to make up a coaching staff. At this point it is not know who will be retained from the former staff nor who might be coming in to replace the departed.
Even Urban Meyer seemed pleased with the hire. He had this to say about Coach Muschamp;
“Coach Muschamp is a great hire for the University of Florida. He is a relentless recruiter and brings a tremendous amount of energy and passion to the game…I would run into him on the road often on the recruiting trail and have always impressed with him as a coach and a person.”
That’s a great endorsement,which along with his coaching and recruiting credentials is good enough for me. If he was bumped to “coach in waiting” at Texas last year, he must be doing some things right.
I like this hire because I like defensive coaches and I think he will keep the recruiting momentum that Urban created at Florida going. If Coach Muschamp can surround himself with a good staff the Gators should not miss a beat going into next year and might even challenge for a N.C. in 2012 when the freshmen and sophomore classes of today become the leaders of the team.
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