Muschamp says he's happy at Texas

Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, right, answers a question from the media during a news conference in Newport Beach, Calif., Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Texas plays Alabama in the BCS Championship NCAA college football game Thursday in Pasadena, Calif.

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Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, right, answers a question from the media during a news conference in Newport Beach, Calif., Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Texas plays Alabama in the BCS Championship NCAA college football game Thursday in Pasadena, Calif.

— For the longest time Wednesday, Will Muschamp's future was the subject of dueling Internet reports, from Texas and Tennessee.

He was staying at Texas as the defensive coordinator and head coach designate. No, he was headed back to the Southeastern Conference as Lane Kiffin's successor at Tennessee.

Muschamp clarified his intentions Wednesday night. And without mentioning any other school by name, he seemed to make it clear where he would be.

"I'm happy at Texas and plan to be here for a long time," Muschamp said through a school football spokesman.

He added that he has not interviewed for any other jobs nor does he have intention to do so.

I'm happy at Texas and plan to be here for a long time.

Will Muschamp

People in the Texas athletic department spent Wednesday saying they fully expected Muschamp to be on the staff next week, next month and next season.

Media reports from Tennessee provided Internet whiplash. Supposedly, Muschamp topped the list of candidates to replace Kiffin. There were suggestions of a five-year contract offer for $3 million annually.

He was interviewing in Knoxville. Or Dallas. Or Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton was in Austin. Pick a rumor, any rumor.

Muschamp didn't seem to leave wriggle room.

His name surfaced for the Tennessee job a year ago when Phillip Fulmer was let go. Instead, he opted to become Mack Brown's designated successor at an undetermined point. He got a raise to $900,000 annually.

A year later, he still apparently prefers Texas.

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hcjournals#206623 writes:

The kind of unbridled greed Kiffin is showing usually does not go unpunished. Lane is one broken hip (his dad) and 4 or 5 too many Red Bulls inducing a heart attack ( Orgeron) from his house of cards falling in all around him. He couldn't handle the pressure of the SEC, so he is retreating to friendlier, Mocha latte light environs of the PAC 10. He will not replicate what Pete Carroll did at USC. As a matter of fact, Pete Carroll will not be successful either. He will just be rich. And if you don't think they haven't seen the worst case scenario; which is that they lose their jobs but are financially set for life...Then you aren't following the game closely enough. Kiffin abandoned the job of the lifetime at Tennessee for the job that can't be replicated. At least not in his allotted time frame. He will crash and burn all the way to Malibu. Charlie Sheen will have everything straightened out by then, and no one will care. Because it will be time for the new TV pilots to come out. And we all know that's much more important than a college football game....Please.....Thanks for coming out. We're here all week....

adamsmith5529#630125 writes:

GREAT!!! best news i've heard all day!! HIRE GRUDEN!! HIRE GRUDEN!!! HIRE GURDEN!!!

VOLinAthensGA writes:

OK, Let's move. Time's a Waistin'. "NEXT!"

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to adamsmith5529#630125:

GREAT!!! best news i've heard all day!! HIRE GRUDEN!! HIRE GRUDEN!!! HIRE GURDEN!!!

He's already said NO. Anyone else?

jobrando#216494 writes:

Let's go with Kippy....He wants to be a VOL,,,There may not be anyone else at this time that wants it except for money and a stepping stone. Hire John Chavis back at any price. Make Fulmer AD.

atlvolunteer writes:

why are people happy about this? no one is realizing that last year we wanted muschamp BEFORE we wanted kiffin.

suttree writes:

Muschamp is using Nick Saban quotes from when he was getting ready to leave the Dolphins!!! He is ours.

Cmon Will . . . come coach the kids that were one man boob away from beating Bama.

BustaRhymes writes:

Thank God. Hey Hamilton - take out a loan and buy a clue - Mustchump wants to coach the Horns. I feel sorry for Texas. In the meantime, get your weasely tail up to Lubbock and close the deal with Leach.

Denvervol4life writes:

We will land on our feet. We need somebody who gets cold chills when that T opens up. Someone who loves our vols and it's traditions, whomever that may be.

UTfaninWildcatcountry writes:

in response to adamsmith5529#630125:

GREAT!!! best news i've heard all day!! HIRE GRUDEN!! HIRE GRUDEN!!! HIRE GURDEN!!!

I'd love Gruden...but the NBC sports has reported that he turned it down: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/...

txvolsfan writes:

The more I hear about Duke Calhoun the more I like the guy. He has NFL experience and would prefer to run the pro style offense. He is flexible and will run the offense that is the best fit for his players. He has a very high football IQ. I think if we want Muschamp we could get him, let's not forget that Mr. Jimmy "My guys all play hard to get so WE can get more money" Sexton is his agent BUT is he the best hire? He hasn't ran a program before but you know after Mack just got the $5Mil contract he will milk that as long as he can.
I really believe it will end up as Calhoun or Cutcliff and David may have too much class to run out on his school 3 weeks before signing day unlike other coaches that I will NEVER mention his name again in my life.
TXVOLSFAN

hueypilot writes:

If he came he'd run to Georgia or Texas as soon as Richt or Brown left or got canned. Richt would be on short schedule IF a handy replacement were nearby, and all reports say Brown won't coach the five years on his extension. Did we really want to do this all over again in 2012?

ctownvol writes:

in response to BustaRhymes:

Thank God. Hey Hamilton - take out a loan and buy a clue - Mustchump wants to coach the Horns. I feel sorry for Texas. In the meantime, get your weasely tail up to Lubbock and close the deal with Leach.

Leach? C'mon. If you thought Kiffin was a flake.....this guy is certifiable.

ctownvol writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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I don't know what the answer is, but it's not Fulmer. IMO

suttree writes:

Jeremy Bates . . he is Pete Carroll's new OC in Seattle, he just turned down the same job with the Bears, came up under Gruden (Bucs) and Shanahan (Broncos). Respected rep as a new, sharp offensive mind. He played (albeit bench) QB for the Vols in 1995 . . . from Sevier County. If Muschamp isn't coming then I'd rather get someone with UT blood that is NOT from the old regime. This guy will be creating a program somewhere in the next few years . .

st8of10ec writes:

UT needs to make him happier in Knoxville!

hueypilot writes:

Stewart Mandel of SI says his money is on Calhoun. So is mine. I'd probably bet as much as a dollar. Just a thought, but wouldn't one of these damaged goods guys, (Leavitt, Leach,) be a steal for a coordinator, kinda like George O'Leary after he lied on his resume. I think Carroll is hiring Weis up in Seattle and a lot of those guys are proven but damaged and relatively cheap.

feathersax writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Let's go with Kippy....He wants to be a VOL,,,There may not be anyone else at this time that wants it except for money and a stepping stone. Hire John Chavis back at any price. Make Fulmer AD.

You started off great with "go with Kippy"; then you hit the skids with Chavis/Fulmer. Yikes!

bnakk#240693 writes:

What about the guy at Boise State. They have a killer team every year and I can't imagine that much talent is coming from around there.

Beamer writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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I'd love to see Wittingham. A lot don't know his name, but no one had heard of Urban Meyer until he got to Florida. Florida's AD kinda rolled the dice on Meyer and he turned out all right...

vet4ut writes:

Agreed.
Did Kippy not make you proud during his presser yesterday? He may not be the solution but he represented our university with some smoothness and class.
Chavis and Fulmer? I've seen enough of the Mustang package to last a lifetime and 5 years of decline don't make me tingly for CPF to get into the CEO's chair...

Beamer writes:

Muschamp says he hasn't interviewed for any job, that has to be bs. I'm 90% sure Hamilton at least sat down and talked with him...

kingcole57 writes:

in response to bnakk#240693:

What about the guy at Boise State. They have a killer team every year and I can't imagine that much talent is coming from around there.

i like the Boise State coach too but don't hear much about him being on the list

londonvol writes:

in response to ctownvol:

I don't know what the answer is, but it's not Fulmer. IMO

That's a big 10-4

ssgdebity writes:

Got a question for everyone, How does everyone feel about Mike Leach of (TT), he is out of a job right now. And got shafted over that incedent with Craig James spoiled brat of a son. I think he will be a good fit. What do you all think?

surfmaster writes:

Chip Kelly is the answer.

Just consider ...

1. He has beaten Southern Cal 2 of the last 3 years. (Once as O.C. , Once as head coach.)

2. He recruits nationally. Has to, its Oregon. Was also recruiting coordinator when he was O.C. before being promoted to head coach.

3. Regarded as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football today.

4. Runs spread offense., as offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1999–2006). The Wildcats' offenses averaged better than 400 yards of total offense in seven of his eight seasons and more than 30 points per game in his final four seasons.

5. His first season as O.C. at Oregon, the Ducks led the Pac-10 in scoring (38.15 ppg) and total offense (467.54 ypg), and also became the highest scoring team while amassing the most yards in the history of Oregon football.

6. 2nd season as O.C., Ducks once again led the Pac-10 in scoring (41.9 ppg) and total offense (484.8 ypg)

7. As Head coach, became the first Pac-10 coach to win an outright conference championship in his first season, sending the Ducks to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. Oregon also became the first Pac-10 team to win a conference title by two games since Washington accomplished the feat in 1991. On December 7, 2009 Kelly was named Pac-10 Coach of the year.

8. Only makes about 1.2M a year now, a steal. see link below ...

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindduck...

Who else has the credentials of a national recruiter, head coach experience, incredible offensive mind, tremendous w-l record, only making 1.2 M a year now. What am I missing? What are his flaws? Easily the best candidate out there and no one mentions his name.

Also, he is from the east coast! he would be coming back closer to home. I would love some objective comments on Chip Kelly, and Hamilton, if you read these boards, just give him a look. He has an impecable record, no downside.

Check out his bio ...

http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.db...

hueypilot writes:

This is the list.

Do your research and get back to me. Time's a wasting and we got to save these recruits.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Cal...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Pat...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_Whi...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Su...

Hrockytop writes:

Kyle Wittingham or Chris Peterson.

Muschamp is way to much of a gamble and gambling is not paying off for us right now. Heck this guy has never even been a head coach people.

Kyle Wittingham or Chris Peterson.

lomas98 writes:

I think everyone needs to get new "sources". All I saw on UT message boards yesterday and last night were sources were telling them Muschamp is in the bank. How does everyone get all of these sources. There are not that many people out there who really know what is going on. Who will the "sources" say is coming today?

CoverOrange writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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Snowballs in Florida, where's the global warming?

Fulmer wouldn't accept "interim" and more importantly, neither would the recruits.

Hrockytop writes:

in response to surfmaster:

Chip Kelly is the answer.

Just consider ...

1. He has beaten Southern Cal 2 of the last 3 years. (Once as O.C. , Once as head coach.)

2. He recruits nationally. Has to, its Oregon. Was also recruiting coordinator when he was O.C. before being promoted to head coach.

3. Regarded as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football today.

4. Runs spread offense., as offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1999–2006). The Wildcats' offenses averaged better than 400 yards of total offense in seven of his eight seasons and more than 30 points per game in his final four seasons.

5. His first season as O.C. at Oregon, the Ducks led the Pac-10 in scoring (38.15 ppg) and total offense (467.54 ypg), and also became the highest scoring team while amassing the most yards in the history of Oregon football.

6. 2nd season as O.C., Ducks once again led the Pac-10 in scoring (41.9 ppg) and total offense (484.8 ypg)

7. As Head coach, became the first Pac-10 coach to win an outright conference championship in his first season, sending the Ducks to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. Oregon also became the first Pac-10 team to win a conference title by two games since Washington accomplished the feat in 1991. On December 7, 2009 Kelly was named Pac-10 Coach of the year.

8. Only makes about 1.2M a year now, a steal. see link below ...

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindduck...

Who else has the credentials of a national recruiter, head coach experience, incredible offensive mind, tremendous w-l record, only making 1.2 M a year now. What am I missing? What are his flaws? Easily the best candidate out there and no one mentions his name.

Also, he is from the east coast! he would be coming back closer to home. I would love some objective comments on Chip Kelly, and Hamilton, if you read these boards, just give him a look. He has an impecable record, no downside.

Check out his bio ...

http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.db...

Thanks, I forgot about Kelly. Nice resume. Would be a good hire also.

vol88 writes:

in response to suttree:

Muschamp is using Nick Saban quotes from when he was getting ready to leave the Dolphins!!! He is ours.

Cmon Will . . . come coach the kids that were one man boob away from beating Bama.

I had to read it twice, but when I got it, I spewed coffee on the keyboard.

DooleyBall2012 writes:

Dan Mullens name is now being mentioned in the State of MS. Apparently he has interest.

greggds writes:

in response to ssgdebity:

Got a question for everyone, How does everyone feel about Mike Leach of (TT), he is out of a job right now. And got shafted over that incedent with Craig James spoiled brat of a son. I think he will be a good fit. What do you all think?

If Hamilton wants to stay at Tennessee, I really don't see this as a viable option. Keep in mind that although Leach may be a brilliant offensive mind, he's quirky, reportedly anti-social, and seemingly goes out of his way to piss off administration AND boosters. To a few members of the board already, the Kiffin fiasco was so embarrassing to them that they reached out to Fulmer to gauge his interest in returning in some capacity.

Hamilton is going to try to make a big splash with a big name. Whether he can do so or not, that is the question. What is becoming increasingly apparent, though, is that HIS future is tied to this hire - because it already was riding on Kiffin's. You add a Mike Leach into the mix, and he starts making folks mad, not only will he be run off like he was at Tx Tech, but Hamilton's next search will be for a job for himself.

madmax1247 writes:

Chris Peterson will be hired by This weekend. Gauranteed. Peterson is a stud coach with guts to win games not play for overtimes. He does the most with less talent. He runs a exciting offense. The kids love him. Hands down best coach out there.

hueypilot writes:

Add Dan Mullen to that list. Anybody that can do well at Miss State has got to be a heck of a coach. And he knows the opposition.

hueypilot writes:

If Leach or Leavitt are still around in a week or so, they'd be a steal as a coordinator/recruiter.

Willis writes:

Don't go out and get a guy who's heart is not in it. He will bolt just like Kiffin when the opportunity presents itself.

Hrockytop writes:

People please let the Foolmer thing go! Just let it go. Hell, he is soon to be 2 coaches ago. It ain't gonna happen so let it go! If it does I'm done with UT.

greyrdr#636541 writes:

Leach would be a huge mistake. Bring Fulmer back until we can get the right guy...or offer Cowher $10 mill/ year

calvolfromkingsport writes:

in response to hcjournals#206623:

The kind of unbridled greed Kiffin is showing usually does not go unpunished. Lane is one broken hip (his dad) and 4 or 5 too many Red Bulls inducing a heart attack ( Orgeron) from his house of cards falling in all around him. He couldn't handle the pressure of the SEC, so he is retreating to friendlier, Mocha latte light environs of the PAC 10. He will not replicate what Pete Carroll did at USC. As a matter of fact, Pete Carroll will not be successful either. He will just be rich. And if you don't think they haven't seen the worst case scenario; which is that they lose their jobs but are financially set for life...Then you aren't following the game closely enough. Kiffin abandoned the job of the lifetime at Tennessee for the job that can't be replicated. At least not in his allotted time frame. He will crash and burn all the way to Malibu. Charlie Sheen will have everything straightened out by then, and no one will care. Because it will be time for the new TV pilots to come out. And we all know that's much more important than a college football game....Please.....Thanks for coming out. We're here all week....

Absolutely, the SC public could care less. Kiffin and wife just want a better house in Manhattan Beach or maybe an ocean front from Laguna or Pacific Palisades. Just knowing that the fat cat rich boosters who have more money than brains are making this mistake will be"priceless" even though Kiffin will be rich.

volsftw1535 writes:

at least he said he was happy there, instead of letting us know 14 months from now....

kabulvol writes:

If Chip Kelly jumped ship from Oregon to UT this late in recruiting (just like Lane Kiffin did) the game of the season would be UT v. OR this fall. It would be high drama. I don't see it happening though.

Hrockytop writes:

in response to madmax1247:

Chris Peterson will be hired by This weekend. Gauranteed. Peterson is a stud coach with guts to win games not play for overtimes. He does the most with less talent. He runs a exciting offense. The kids love him. Hands down best coach out there.

You got my vote. Hell to the yeah.

Azrael writes:

Gruden Muschamp.. R U kidding, this is the kind of RIDICULOUS PIE in the SKY DELUSION, thinking that made TN fans JUMP on the PROVEN lying,ill prepared, underachieving bandwagon that was/is LANE KIFFIN. ....Gruden & Muschamp? HELLLOOOOOO, DO you KNOW you are TN Go get a second tier BCS school HC, top asst, or stay with KIPPY BROWN, and be happy!!!

Willis writes:

in response to Hrockytop:

People please let the Foolmer thing go! Just let it go. Hell, he is soon to be 2 coaches ago. It ain't gonna happen so let it go! If it does I'm done with UT.

and I bet your dumazz would support kiffen if he showed back up today asking for his job back. You and all of the other Fulmer haters are partly to blame for this bs.

greggds writes:

in response to surfmaster:

Chip Kelly is the answer.

Just consider ...

1. He has beaten Southern Cal 2 of the last 3 years. (Once as O.C. , Once as head coach.)

2. He recruits nationally. Has to, its Oregon. Was also recruiting coordinator when he was O.C. before being promoted to head coach.

3. Regarded as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football today.

4. Runs spread offense., as offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1999–2006). The Wildcats' offenses averaged better than 400 yards of total offense in seven of his eight seasons and more than 30 points per game in his final four seasons.

5. His first season as O.C. at Oregon, the Ducks led the Pac-10 in scoring (38.15 ppg) and total offense (467.54 ypg), and also became the highest scoring team while amassing the most yards in the history of Oregon football.

6. 2nd season as O.C., Ducks once again led the Pac-10 in scoring (41.9 ppg) and total offense (484.8 ypg)

7. As Head coach, became the first Pac-10 coach to win an outright conference championship in his first season, sending the Ducks to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. Oregon also became the first Pac-10 team to win a conference title by two games since Washington accomplished the feat in 1991. On December 7, 2009 Kelly was named Pac-10 Coach of the year.

8. Only makes about 1.2M a year now, a steal. see link below ...

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindduck...

Who else has the credentials of a national recruiter, head coach experience, incredible offensive mind, tremendous w-l record, only making 1.2 M a year now. What am I missing? What are his flaws? Easily the best candidate out there and no one mentions his name.

Also, he is from the east coast! he would be coming back closer to home. I would love some objective comments on Chip Kelly, and Hamilton, if you read these boards, just give him a look. He has an impecable record, no downside.

Check out his bio ...

http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.db...

Plus he has a great relationship with Bryce Brown. Everyone is focused on retaining this year's recruiting class, but how many scholarship players did we lose once Kiffin and staff took over? I can't remember the exact number, but losing guys like Brown or Janzen Jackson or Teague (just mentioning some of the guys signed by the previous staff) would damage the program potentially more than a 4 star guy that has yet to prove himself on the field.

Players aside, though - think of the storyline the next couple of years as we play Oregon in a home and home.

The real question is, how deep are Tennessee's pockets compared to Phil Knight's?

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

I cast my vote for former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden. And here are some solid reasons to back up my choice:

1-He is available w/o running out on his team like Kiffin
2-He is not going to stir up NCAA investigations
3-He is a great recruiter
4-He has solid values and keeps the program clean
5-He will win games
6-He will take the VOLS to bowl games.
7-Players like him
8-He is dedicated and loyal to his school
9-He knows the pressure of a "football" school
10-He kept big $$$ boosters happy for about 10 yrs

Only downside to Bowden is that he doesn't seem to be able to make that last step toward greatness (like Richt). Bowden would not lead UT back to the promised land, but in 4-5 years, there would be a winning tradition and a solid program. And this is what this program needs, not an instant cure all that bolts from team to team. Think about it Hammy. Bowden has more to offer than anybody that is currently available.

AlpharettaVol writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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Hamilton would not hire Fulmer and Fulmer would not work for Hamilton. That would seem to shut the door and throw away the key on this scenario.

Azrael writes:

Btw, one of the MIKES in this mess....Garrett or Hamilton will not be employed in a year. And if you said both, I would not argue. Kiffin could go down as being the man who got two ADs fired in the same calendar year....

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