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Texas Assistant to Take Over Gators

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A person familiar with the decision says

Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has accepted an offer to

be the head coach at Florida.

Muschamp, who just finished his third season at Texas, where he

was the head-coach-in-waiting to succeed Mack Brown, replaces Urban

Meyer at Florida.

The person confirming the move spoke on condition of anonymity

because a formal announcement had not yet been made.

Muschamp leaves one of the nation's premier programs for

another. Between them, Texas and Florida have won three national

championships since 2005.

But both teams fell on hard times this year. The Gators were 7-5

and Texas fell to 5-7 in Brown's first losing season with the


Muschamp was one of top-earning assistants in the country with a

$900,000 annual salary.

Mushamp's previous stints as an assistant coach include LSU and

Auburn and the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.

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