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Will Muschamp says Auburn is place to 'win championships'
Dec. 13, 2014

Will Muschamp, left,and head coach Gus Malzahn together at Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- You can only vacation in the Dominican Republic for so long, and you can only be away from football for... well, two weeks if you're Will Muschamp.

Muschamp was hired as Auburn's defensive coordinator Friday night, hit the recruiting trail Saturday and promises to keep a close eye on the Tigers' bowl practices that will start Monday. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Muschamp won't serve as the defensive coordinator for the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, but he'll be observation-mode, if not more, at practice.

"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it Monday," Muschamp said Saturday. "But I'm just certainly looking forward to getting back on the field. It's been a great two weeks, but I've been itching a little bit."

How much so? He asked his wife.

"I asked Carol after the second day, 'What do you do all day?' So I'm looking forward to getting back on the field," Muschamp said.

"I'm just a ball coach and at the end of the day that's what I enjoy doing and I'm very thankful to have a great family that understands that. We're looking forward to the next step."  
This is third tour at Auburn for Muschamp. He was a graduate assistant in 1995-96, the defensive coordinator in 2006-07 and is back after going to Texas as the defensive coordinator and spending the last four years as Florida's head coach.  

Muschamp said Auburn was "the only job I was offered and I was honored to have the opportunity."

Muschamp said he'll watch how the players react in bowl practice because "film can only take you so far."

"You need to watch practice and see those things. I know one thing, they've recruited a bunch of good players here. There's a bunch of guys that we were recruiting. So, those are the things to me that you address moving forward.

"You see guys' work ethic and work habits and how he goes about his business. To me, in order for you to be a really good player, God's got to bless you with some ability. But the most talented part you can have is work ethic. The best players I've been around are the guys who go work."

Muschamp was 28-21 at Florida and was named the SEC coach of the year by his peers in 2012. He said Auburn is the place he wanted to be a defensive coordinator again, but he still wants to be a head coach.

"You'd always like to have that opportunity again. But you always want to be in a situation where they have the resources for you to be successful, they have the support like a place like Auburn for you to be successful and win championships," Muschamp said.

"It's not just to me about being a head coach, it's about being somewhere where you know you're going to get support, the resources and financing you need to be successful and win championships.

"For me it's not just about being a head coach. I'd rather be a defensive coordinator at a place like Auburn, where you know you can go and compete for a championship every year. And that's what we plan on doing."

Muschamp hasn't faced Auburn since 2012, but he says he has a working knowledge of the 2014 Tigers.

"I think the front seven is very strong. Just looking at some of the guys up front, I recruited a bunch of them," he said. "I'm looking forward to coaching some of them that turned me down. I don't want to make a lot of comments because it's hard to talk about scheme and those sort of things when you haven't been in the meetings and you don't know exactly what's going on. I know some injuries, obviously, hurt them this year tremendously."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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