Texas Fans, Be Happy Will Muschamp Never Stuck Around to Replace Mack Brown

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2013

Nov 23, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp reacts during the second quarter against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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The fans in Austin who were upset when Will Muschamp bolted Texas for the head coaching job at Florida should be rejoicing that he is no longer set to replace Mack Brown

Instead of being locked in to an unknown entity at head coach, Texas got to find out from afar that Muschamp might not make a great head coach. Now if, and when Brown is out of a job, the Longhorns can hire the best available candidate instead of rolling the dice with an unproven Muschamp.

Muschamp's Gators just fell to 4-7 this season after losing to Georgia Southern, an FCS team, 26-20. What was more shocking about the loss is that Georgia Southern didn't have a single passing yard in the game but still put up 26 points. 

Because of the loss, the Gators won't go bowling in 2013. And they'll also probably finish with twice as many losses as wins as they finish the year against Florida State. 

Texas isn't in much better shape. Since appearing in the national championship game in the 2009-10 season, the Longhorns haven't won more than eight games in the regular season. 

And with a game against against Baylor left on this year's slate, the 7-3 Longhorns likely won't surpass that mark in 2013. 

The Texas program is underperforming. With Steve Patterson replacing DeLoss Dodds as the school's athletic director, it's almost simply a matter of time at this point as to when Brown's ouster will come. 

But hey, at least things aren't as bad as they are at Florida under Muschamp.

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 26:  Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns watches over his team prior to taking on the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Muschamp's overall record at Florida is 22-15, a winning percentage of .594. 

That number is nearly 10 percentage points less than what Brown has done at Texas since Muschamp took over at Florida. Since the former head coach in waiting left, Texas is 24-11, a .685 winning percentage. 

Florida has been darn good on defense under Muschamp, and that's something that can't be overlooked. Heading into Saturday, the Gators ranked seventh in total defense and 14th in scoring defense

But the only true mark of a head coach is his win-loss record. And Florida is in shambles this year because Muschamp can't get wins. Brown is having the same problem at Texas. 

The original plan, of course, was for Texas to build from the inside out. When it named Muschamp the coach in waiting, Texas was on an upswing. But now both Florida and Texas are on downslides and in desperate need of a breath of fresh air. 

For both programs, that will come from outsiders. So for now, while fans in Austin will have to wait at least one more season for their annual lofty expectations to be met, they can be at ease with the fact that it won't be a faltering Muschamp at the helm should Brown be gone at season's end.