Muschamp's star continues to rise

August, 18, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There's an interesting list that Foxsports.com posted of the top 10 college football coaches on the rise.

The Big 12 is represented on the list only once, and it's not by any head coach. Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp checks in at No. 3. Muschamp, who starts his first season with the Longhorns this year, ranks only behind BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall (No. 1) and Tulsa coach Todd Graham (No. 2).

Muschamp is the only assistant on the list. And the Foxsports list makes it sound like it's a foregone conclusion that he'll have another job. It even pegs his most likely location, saying Muschamp's most logical next position would be as head coach at Tennessee.

Muschamp knows his way around that conference after stops at LSU and Auburn. But he apparently has noticed the way that defensive coaches at Texas have moved to head coaching jobs in recent seasons.

After Dick Tomey, Greg Robinson and Gene Chizik, Muschamp likely will be the next.

The Big 12 is indirectly mentioned with North Texas coach Todd Dodge, a former Texas quarterback who is ranked No. 10 on the list. The Web site speculates that the next position for him could be as Oklahoma's offensive coordinator.

If that was to happen, it would be kind of a piece of reverse karma from long, long ago. Seems that legendary Texas coach Darrell Royal once was a pretty good Oklahoma quarterback.

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