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Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is the Boom King. (Language: awesome, but NSFW.) Correction: the prince-in-waiting of BOOM, a status made official by the University of Texas today when it announced their intentions to make Will Muschamp the next head coach at Texas, eventually succeeding current Longhorns coach Mack Brown.
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↵This might not happen until 2009 if you follow the money, and perhaps not for a while after that.  Muschamp's salary will bump to $900K after January of 2009, his first year in training wheels, but the vague timelines built into the deal are intentional and flexible. The move accomplishes several things simultaneously, and all of them are completely flipping brilliant.
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↵1. It answers succession questions and addresses issues of long-term stability. Mack Brown owns the Texas high school recruiting scene, and will be able to answer the questions of long-term program stability and his own advancing age by introducing a dynamic young name like Muschamp. "People who give me whatever mutant athletes I want, Will; Will, people who give me whatever athletes I want. Nice to introduce you two." The pay isn't head coach pay--yet--but the on-the-job training and benefits package is going to be insane.
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2.  Muschamp is awesome. ↵Muschamp is one of the pre-eminent defensive coaches in the game and carries with him a mean pedigree of mentors and laurels: stints under Nick Saban, Tommy Tuberville, and his time under Brown come with national and conference titles and NFL experience to boot. His current Texas defense went from sieve-like good manners in 2007 to leading the Big 12 in scoring defense, no mean feat given the offenses prowling the Big 12 South alone. He's passionate. He seems impervious to pain. He once taped a broken headset to his skull with trainer's tape to call plays when he was at Valdosta State. He tends to be somewhat intense about this football thing.
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↵3. Other teams knew Muschamp was awesome, and now he's staying.
Muschamp was associated with a slew of openings  across the country, most notably the Tennessee and Clemson jobs. Paying for talent now saves Texas financial and political headaches down the road.
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↵Combined with offensive coordinator Greg Davis eventually ceding playcalling to assistant Major Applewhite, the kids' table of coaching is sitting with the adults, and will be cutting their own turkey soon enough in a seamless turnover of power. In summary: BRILLIANT!!! Cocktails all around on smoothly played HR moves from the boys in Austin.↵

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