Texas AD Says Muschamp is the Best

Roughly 10 months after he was hired as one of the highest paid assistant coaches in the country, Texas' Will Muschamp could once again be on the move to a team with a different shade of orange. In an exclusive interview with CUTigers.com, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds discusses the future of who he considers to be the best defensive coordinator in the business.

Muschamp, 37, who also serves as the linebackers coach for the Longhorns, went to Austin, Tex., as one of the hottest names in the coaching business after spending time at Auburn and LSU.

Most assumed even though his $425,000 a year salary is the highest for an assistant in the Big 12 that Muschamp, who played football at Georgia in the 1990s, wouldn't be long for the Lone Star State.

Even Dodds knew that going in.

"We want the best coaches that we can get," he said. "I think the last four coordinators that we've hired have been the best. We just want to hire the best and I think (Muschamp) is.

"We're not going to try and stop anybody from getting a job. It's rather flattering when other programs want what you have."

It is strongly believed that one of the schools that will come calling for Muschamp's services is of course Clemson, which parted ways with long-time head coach Tommy Bowden on Monday.

In fact several sources have told CUTigers.com since Monday that Muschamp, while it still is very early and while interim coach Dabo Swinney will be given serious consideration for the permanent position, remains one of the top candidates under consideration.

Dodds was specifically asked whether or not a representative of Clemson or from the hired headhunting firm has asked permission to speak to Muschamp.

"We don't answer that question," he said. "If they haven't and I say no this time and you come back and ask me again later and they have, I'll have to tell you yes."

Should Muschamp actually be the one Clemson hires, Dodds says the Longhorns will be just fine, as they always are after a turnover on the coaching staff.

"We won at least 10 games a year for the last seven or eight years," Dodds said. "We're a great place. We can attract wonderful people."

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