And now he will also be known as the Head Coach in Waiting at the University of Texas.
The University of Texas has struck an agreement with Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp that will keep him in Austin and eventually lead him to the head coaching position for the Longhorns, Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds said on Tuesday. Details of the contract are still being finalized but it will start with Muschamp's salary being raised to $900,000 on January 1, 2009.
"This is a plan that has been enthusiastically agreed to by Mack Brown, President Powers and the Board of Regents," Dodds said. "With the landscape in college football and all of the changes around the country, I've been looking at this for the last couple of years. When it's not working, you have to go outside and make changes. Things are going well here, it's working, so it's best to be prepared to build from inside and that's what we're doing.
These HCiW gigs are kind of all the rage these days, but in this case, I tend to think it makes a lot of sense. Muschamp is universally regarded as a stud-in-waiting when it comes to head coaching abilities, he's had success everywhere he's been and he's said before that he's not yet ready for a head coaching position.
For Texas, they get to transition (whenever that is) from one phase to another without skipping a beat on the coaching search or recruiting front.
In other words, this seems to really work out well for both parties. Of course, there's always the possibility that Mack stretches out his career longer than Muschamp is willing to wait, but generally speaking, this appears to be a pretty smart long term move.
Thanks to Mr. Brahkowski for the heads up
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