Sources: Texas Finds Muschamp Replacement

Teryl Austin

In the topsy-turvy world of a college football coach it looks like the Texas Longhorns have secured a new defensive coordinator to replace Will Muschamp. The irony is that he is coming by way of the Florida Gators.

On Saturday the University of Florida named Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschmap as its new head coach.

Muschamp had been the "coach in waiting" at Texas for the past couple of seasons, but his wait to be a head coach came to an end when Urban Meyer stepped down from the job and Bob Stoops at Oklahoma decided to stand pat with the Sooners.

Muschamp's move and the resignation of UT offensive coordinator Greg Davis opened up the main coordinator positions on both sides of the ball in Austin, Texas.

But ironically it looks like the Horns have been able to fill it's defensive coordinator position with a former Gator staffer.

Scout.com has been able to confirm through sources close to the Florida Gators program that it appears that the outgoing UF defensive coordinator will be named as the Longhorns defensive coordinator in the very near future.

While the deal has not been completely finalized it appears that most or if not all of the details have been hammered out and Austin will be the guy.

"He is really aggressive the defense this year most thought the defense was much more aggressive with its blitzes," informed FightinGators.com publisher Bob Redman.

"His adjustments were great on the fly and players really loved him. Even though he coached in the NFL he is a guy that the players can really relate to and respect. All of them really enjoyed playing under coach Austin."

Former Miami head coach Randy Shannon has been rumored to be gaining strong consideration for the same position and while it looks like Austin will grab the coordinator job, coach Shannon is still an option to fill another vacancy on the staff.

Austin played at played college football at the University of Pittsburgh from 1984 to 1987 and was an assistant coach at Wake Forest, Syracuse and Michigan. He also coached in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals before being named as the defensive coordinator at Florida in February.

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