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Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Foley.’

Muschamp decides to take Florida head coaching job now instead of waiting for Texas job to open later

Will Muschamp (photo by ShaggyBevo.com via Wikipedia Commons)

Will Muschamp has been one of the hottest names amongst assistant football coaches in college football for years.

He was hired at Texas before the 2008 season and 11 games later, the Longhorns administration announced a huge salary boost and made him Mack Brown’s successor-in-waiting.

Coach Brown endorsed the deal but said all along that he was not going to retire anytime soon. Several college football experts, media and fans wondered if Muschamp would stay at Texas waiting for the opportunity to take over the program.

Well, the wait ended this past weekend when the defensive coordinator left the Longhorns to succeed the retired Urban Meyer as head coach of the Florida Gators.

The 39-year-old Muschamp, who spent three seasons at Texas, lived 10 years in Gainesville, Florida as a child and says it was a dream come true to lead the program.

Muschamp graduated from Georgia and coached at Auburn and LSU and knows the SEC and recruiting in Florida.

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said that Muschamp was the coach they wanted and met with no one else.

compiled from staff & Florida Gators athletic news

Ohio native Meyer resigns from Florida to spend time with family

Urban Meyer (photo by Harrison Diamond of Florida Alligator Independent & Nikonmadness via Wikipedia Commons)

Urban Meyer almost resigned from Florida earlier this year but that lasted just one day and was for health reasons.

This time he is resigning because he wants to be a better husband and father. He has two daughters playing Division I volleyball and wants to see them.

The 46-year-old Toledo, Ohio native leaves coaching with an impressive resume’. He has a 103-23 record, a winning percentage of .817, 64-15 at Florida, a 6-1 Bowl record and two national championships. He rebuilt the football programs at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (17-6 record) and at the University of Utah (22-2 record).

Meyer is walking away from about $20 million in guaranteed salary. But Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley did agree to pay Meyer a $1 million retention bonus the coach would’ve received if he were employed on January 31, 2011.

The Florida Gators struggled during the 2010 season and were near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference in every offensive category and finished at 7-5. Florida will play in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida on January 1, 2011 against the Penn State Nittany Lions who were likewise, 7-5.

compiled from staff & Florida athletics news