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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
BCS title game features top coaching talent

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Texas and Alabama are two of the best-coached teams in the country, or else they wouldn't be playing in the Citi Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.

But here's an indication of the coaching talent on the staffs developed by Mack Brown and Nick Saban.

For one the second time in the history of the Broyles Award, three Broyles Award finalists will be featured in the national championship game.

Alabama will have 2009 winner Kirby Smart, who is the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator. And Texas features defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who was a finalist  in 2007 while at Auburn, and offensive coordinator Greg Davis, who claimed the award at Texas in 2005.

It's rare to see such an aggregation of top defensive talent like this. Once a Broyles Award winner earns his honor, he typically gets a shot at a head-coaching job elsewhere.

Smart likely will get that opportunity some day. Muschamp is the designated successor to Mack Brown at Texas after his retirement. And Davis served as a head coach at Tulane from 1988-91 before returning to a fruitful career as an assistant coach at Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas.

It's rare to see such talent on the coaching staffs and it is just another reason why this season's championship game between the Longhorns and Crimson Tide should be savored as something truly special.