Muschamp is headed back to Auburn
Will Muschamp is headed back to The Plains.
The former Florida head coach has agreed to become the defensive coordinator of the Tigers, the school announced on Friday night. Muschamp, who will be introduced at a news conference on Saturday, was pursued by Texas A&M and South Carolina for their DC jobs, and he also interviewed for the head gig at Houston.
According to ESPN, the deal is for three years and is worth between $1.6 million and $1.8 million annually, which would make him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the FBS.
The Gators always had a strong defensive unit under Muschamp, who went 28-21 during his time in Gainesville. He also led some of the top defensive units at Texas, where he was once the head-coach-in-waiting. Before his stint with the Longhorns, he had stops at LSU and the NFL's Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban.
But what makes the Auburn deal most special perhaps is that this will be his third stint with the Tigers. He was defensive coordinator in 2006-07 under Tommy Tuberville after a stint as graduate assistant in 1995-96. The video below is a classic clip of Muschamp's days with the Tigers.
Muschamp takes over for Ellis Johnson, who was let go after Auburn finished 82nd in pass defense, 46th in rushing defense and 59th in scoring defense this season. Since Malzahn came back to the program with his high-powered offense, the Tigers have ranked in the Top 20 nationally on that side of the ball, averaging 495.7 yards per game the last two seasons. The arrival of Muschamp is expected to instantly improve the defense, take a little pressure off of that offense and help the Tigers bounce back from a disappointing 2014 campaign.
Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.