I have some stuff to get off my chest. I have stopped reading many other sites because they are just simply spewing vitriol towards Texas and Mack Brown. What was bad after the season, became worse after Will left, and then became intolerable with the hire of Austin. I think the criticism of the season is well deserved, but the "Chicken Little" garbage that has been thrown out after Will´s departure is way out of line. Here is my take on impact of Will´s departure.
- My first thought is good for Will. He is prolly getting an initial head coaching opportunity of his dreams. Well done Will and best of luck.
- Kudos to Florida - it had to take some"onions" to hire someone without HC experience to a pressure cooker like Florida. Obviously from what we have seen - they focused on talents over experience. Isn´t it odd how people are saying how brilliant the Gators are for hiring Muschamp, but Mack is an absolute idiot for hiring the Gator DC? They probably saw traits for him to be successful, so after a year at DC it probably is not fair to call Mack an idiot for the hire.
- The coach in waiting was a good deal for Texas and for Will Muschamp. Texas got an extra year of Will (even though it wasn´t a tremendous year) it did lay the foundation of a nice defensive recruiting class. The deal for Will made it so much easier to wait for a great opportunity like Florida. Without that deal, maybe Will would have headed to a place like Tulsa for his first exposure in coaching.
- I think Will would choose the Gator job over Texas straight up. I think he favors the SEC passion for football, he has more returning talent, and is closer to family. So if you think if Mack tendered his resignation 3 days ago and Will would have been the coach - I
think you are mistaken. You may want to consider that perhaps we are lucky to have Mack to try to right the ship.
- While a huge fan of Will´s - most people did not give him his fair share of the blame on the disastrous season. The defensive performance was sub-standard, not good, and almost as disappointing as the offensive performance. While the offense was worse, there were much more underlying reasons than the defense. The defense was terrible with 3 supposed NFL corners, an early DL selection, 2 stud returning LBs, returning safety, an NFL DT, and 3 other 5 star recruits on the DL. Does he deserve credit for attracting that type of talent to Texas? Damn straight. Was the performance of the defense vs. its talent and potential as bad as the offense? Damn close.
- Much of the criticism on the Austin hire focuses on his shortcomings vs. Will Muschamp. That is a huge logic fail. If you want to criticize the choice of Austin vs. Shannon that is logical. But to say it is a bad hire because Will is better? Obviously Will was not a possibility, and it is likely that he was the best DC in the country. What other DC could attract an offer from a school like Florida.