The focus in the media concerning Jeremy Foley’s coaching search has centered on some big-name head coaches, mainly Bob Stoops and Chris Petersen. But here’s a guy whose name keeps coming up with as I talk to people out there – Texas defensive coordinator WillMuschamp.
When someone mentioned him earlier today, I said, “No way.” But the more you think about it, the more it makes sense.
For one, if he’s good enough to be the coach in waiting at Texas, isn’t he qualified to be the next coach at Florida?
He’s young, he’s dynamic, he’s a lights-out recruiter – and he knows the territory.
Muschamp was a walk-on at Georgia, but he grew up in Gainesville and played football at Oak Hall, so he knows the area and he knows all about the Florida program.
If it happens, this could be a classic Foley hire, kind of like his hiring of a young basketball coach at Marshall by the name of Billy Donovan. That one worked out pretty well.
When he was talking about his upcoming search for a coach on Wednesday night, Foley said that the next coach didn’t necessarily have to be a head coach, it might be an assistant if there was a really dynamic one out there.
Well, there is one. His name is Will Muschamp.
Also on the coaching front, Utah’s Kyle Whittingham seems to be climbing fast up the list. He would fit in well at UF and he has a track record of success following in the footsteps of Meyer at Utah. Maybe here’s a clue concerning Whittingham’s interest. He has offered this non-denial about his interest in the UF job: “This (Utah) is the only job I’m focused on. We’ve got out hands full with Boise State, recruiting and academics winding down. So, that’s where my attention lies.”