With Tommy Bowden out at Clemson, the talk of his replacement has begun. High on the list, of course, is Texas Longhorn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.
This is not surprising. What Muschamp has done at Texas is nothing short of amazing. He has taken a bunch of young, raw defensive talent, and molded it into a force in just a few short months. The improvement can be seen on a week by week basis. As long as his guys continue to perform, he’ll be at the top of most coaching search lists.
Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but I don’t think he goes to Clemson. I have the feeling he has his sights set on something higher, and will wait for a head coach position to open up at a major football power. Think of something like Bob Stoops moving from Florida to Oklahoma. Clemson and the ACC just don’t have that pull.
Mack Brown, who is only 57 years old, could easily coach for another five years or more. Plus, Texas generally doesn’t like to be someone’s first head coaching job, so it’s unlikely Muschamp would wait around for the Texas head coaching position. Who knows what deals are being worked in the background, however?
In any case, DeLoss Dodds should get his checkbook out now, and work to lock Muschamp down for another year. He’s going to be a hot commodity.