We have official confirmation: the University of Florida has confirmed that Will Muschamp will be the next head coach of the Florida Gators. And it comes with one of the more hysterical descriptors in recent memory.
That would be "one-time Gainesville resident," which is how GatorZone — the official website of the Florida athletic department — begins its headline about Muschamp's hiring. It mentions that Muschamp was Texas' defensive coordinator pretty shortly afterward, but that's a rather odd way of describing someone replacing Urban Meyer, who would presumably be something like "two-time national champion" Urban Meyer in the press release announcing him taking a job.
Perhaps that's because Muschamp's been something of a forgotten man of late. He was named coach-in-waiting at Texas in 2008, and has been the Longhorns' defensive coordinator under Mack Brown for three years, but his star had cooled as a prospective head coaching candidate both because of his status at Texas and the Longhorns' poor 2010.
It could also be because of two traits that might give Florida fans pause: Muschamp is 39, which seems very young for a first-time head coach at a program as big as Florida, and he's a graduate of the University of Georgia, which will make many Gators fans skeptical off the bat.
That's just how it'll have to be, though. Muschamp is official going to be Florida's 23rd football coach. All the getting-to-know-you stuff can follow.