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Muschamp takes on friends for title

Originally Published: January 5, 2010
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Throughout the season, Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp likes to exchange text messages with Kirby Smart, who holds the same position at Alabama.

Muschamp and Smart were teammates at Georgia and came from similar coaching backgrounds. Muschamp hired Smart as his secondary coach at Division II Valdosta (Ga.) State in 2000 and persuaded then-LSU coach Nick Saban to hire him four years later.

Smart and Muschamp have remained ...

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