Uncertainty can be the name of the game in college football, which is why Tariq Allen, Marcus Davis and Calvin Howell are excited the coordinator they committed to will still be there when they arrive on the 40 Acres, and may someday be their head coach.
Tariq Allen barely made it in the door when he got home from school when he heard the news about Will Muschamp being named Mack Brown’s successor.
“That was the first thing my dad told me when I got home today,” Allen said.
One of the most highly touted members of Texas’ 2009 recruiting class, the Irving MacArthur linebacker was happy to learn that Muschamp will be on the sidelines in Austin for the foreseeable future. Texas men’s athletic director DeLoss Dodds announced Tuesday that Muschamp will earn $900,000 annually beginning Jan. 1 and will take Brown’s place as head coach when Brown retires.
The news was especially good for Allen and the other defensive recruits in the Longhorns’ recruiting haul, who now know that their defensive coordinator is locked up and will be back for their freshman season. In only once in the last six seasons have the Longhorns retained defensive coordinators for two straight years, with Gene Chizik and Duane Akina sharing duties in both 2005 and 2006.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Allen, a member of the ESPNU 150 and the nation’s No. 3 rated inside linebacker. “You hear a lot of the rumors that he may be up for this job or that job. It’s good to know that he’s going to stick around to see our class come through and beyond.”
The news caught League City Clear Creek cornerback Marcus Davis off guard, but the No. 80 overall prospect on the ESPNU 150 ranking is pleased with the end result.
“It felt like a surprise to me, but it’s a great addition for Texas,” Davis said. “You see this year what he has brought to the table. Knowing he’ll be there is impressive.”
Muschamp, Davis says, was one of the biggest reasons that he pulled the trigger early on his decision to commit and head to Austin.
“I had a lot of contact with him early and he played a big part in my committing,” Davis said. “I like his attitude that he brings and I like his coaching style.”
One of the biggest commits the Longhorns landed in terms of need was San Antonio Warren defensive tackle Calvin Howell. Like Davis, Howell says that Muschamp was instrumental in his recruiting.
“He was a big factor in my decision,” Howell said. “He really pulled me in. I like him a lot.” The 6-4, 280 pound Howell says he was thrilled when he heard the news.
“It is absolutely wonderful,” Howell said. “Coach Brown is a good guy, but knowing that we have a coach that will step in whenever he retires is a good thing and I think it will be a very normal transition.
“I don’t think we will skip a beat.”