Longhorns Interview Auburn Assistant Coach

One of Auburn's football coordinators is being courted by another program.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who was a candidate for a pair of head coaching positions following the 2007 regular football season, interviewed for another coaching position on Thursday.

Muschamp was in Austin, Tex., to interview with Coach Mack Brown for a co-coordinator position on the University of Texas staff. Texas previously hired an AU defensive coordinator, Gene Chizik, after the 2004 season. Chizik left Texas last year to take over as head coach at Iowa State.

Muschamp's 2007 Auburn defense is ranked among the nation's best in a variety of categories. The Tigers gave up 16.9 points and 297.9 yards per game and finished 9-4 with a Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Clemson.

Muschamp was previously in the mix for the head coaching positions at Georgia Tech and Arkansas that went to Paul Johnson and Bobby Petrino.

Muschamp, who played football for the University of Georgia, began coaching as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 1995-96. He coached the secondary at West Georgia in 1998 and Eastern Kentucky the following season. He got his first defensive coordinator post at Valdosta State in 2000, where he spent one season before moving to LSU.

He coached linebackers at LSU, where he was also defensive coordinator. Following the 2004 season he spent one year as assistant head coach for defense with the Miami Dolphins before coming to Auburn as defensive coordinator in 2006.

Muschamp was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top assistant coach.


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