Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator for the University of Texas, has been named the successor to Urban Meyer as Florida's head football coach, the school has confirmed via press release. The news was first reported by the Associated Press.
Muschamp is widely considered one of the hottest head coaching prospects in all of college football, and was Texas' next in line once Mack Brown retired. According to the AP, a formal announcement is coming later Saturday night by Florida.
"This is a dream come true to be the head coach of the Florida Gators," Muschamp said in a statement. "I grew up watching the Gators and whatever other SEC team was on television. I have great memories watching SEC football with my father on Saturdays and playing football in the back yard with my two brothers right here in Gainesville."
Muschamp, 39, has been the defensive coordinator for Texas for the past three seasons. He played safety for Georgia in the early 1990s and was a graduate assistant for Auburn. He then returned to Auburn as a defensive coordinator for two seasons before moving to Brown's staff at Texas.
"We are thrilled to have Coach Muschamp lead our football program," said athletic director Jeremy Foley. "Coach Muschamp is someone we targeted from the beginning and he is the guy we wanted. He is the only person we met with and the only person we offered the job to.
"When we started the search for our next head coach we wanted a coach who was familiar with the Southeastern Conference. We wanted a candidate who was a relentless recruiter and was familiar with recruiting in the state of Florida. We wanted a candidate who was high energy and had been on the big stage. We wanted a candidate who was respected by his players and his peers and we wanted someone who had a passion for the University of Florida. Coach Muschamp is all of those things and more. He is a grounded family man with a wonderful wife and two children and we welcome them into our Gator family."
The Florida job becomes the first head coaching stint of Muschamp's career.