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Reaction to Florida hiring Will Muschamp

Former Florida coach Urban Meyer:

"Coach Muschamp is a great hire for the University of Florida. He is a relentless recruiter and brings a tremendous amount of energy and passion to the game. I would run into him on the road often on the recruiting trail and have always been impressed with him as a coach and a person."

Tim Tebow, former Gators quarterback via Twitter:

Welcome to the Gator family Coach Muschamp! You'll soon find out why it's great to be a Florida Gator! God bless and Go Gators!!!

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, a friend of Muschamp who worked with him at LSU and Auburn:

"He is sound fundamentally. He is a hard worker with great instincts. Very demanding. We'll get after each other. He'll do a great job."

Texas coach Mack Brown:

"We were planning and hoping Will was going to be the next head coach at Texas. We respect his decision, and we are really happy for Will and (wife) Carol. He is a great coach and will be a good fit for Florida."

David Ubben,

As "coach-in-waiting" for one of the most plum college coaching jobs in America, there aren't many places that could convince a coach to pass that up. Florida is one of them. Muschamp already has a reputation as, arguably, the best defensive coordinator in college football and one of its best recruiters. He could have taken a head coaching job at any number of schools before this one, but his wait and consistent excellence on the field and recruiting trail have given him his start at a job just as prestigious as Texas.

Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel:

Jeremy Foley's hiring of Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp … to replace Urban Meyer can only be described as surprising. The question is this: Will Muschamp become the next Ron Zook or the next Billy Donovan — two out-of-the-blue Foley hires that had vastly different results.

Jeff Schultz, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

First Derek Dooley, Vince's son, goes to Tennessee. Now Will Muschamp becomes the new Florida head coach. What could possibly happen next to toy with the emotions of the average Georgia fan? Herschel Walker becomes a special adviser to Auburn? This likely won't go over well in Athens, where many fans had hoped as recently as a year ago that Muschamp would return to the Dogs as defensive coordinator (replacing Willie Martinez) and/or as an assistant head coach to Mark Richt. There also was the thought he could possibly replace Richt one day. Well, that's one less name in the candidate pool now. It would've been so much easier to work up a hate if Bobby Petrino had gotten the Florida job.

Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun:

They hired an assistant coach? Whose team went 5-7 this year? They hired a guy who is good friends with FSU's head coach? All true. And it's a great hire. They hired a Gainesville guy who knows defense, has an Urban quality and will bring fire to the program. They hired a guy who knows the league. They hired a guy who has won in The Swamp. They hired a guy who has learned from two of the best — Nick Saban and Mack Brown, not to mention Bill Oliver. I know the Gator Nation had its mind set on other possibilities, but they never were realities.

Dennis Dodd,

Muschamp got his SEC head coaching job, but not the one many thought it would be. Georgia always seemed to be a threat to call Muschamp back home, but that's not the big-time SEC opening that was available. Muschamp is a year younger than Meyer was when he came from Utah after the 2004 season. The former Georgia safety is a disciple of Nick Saban, whose defenses are known for their aggressiveness and innovation.

Reaction to Florida hiring Will Muschamp 12/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:50pm]
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