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It's 'great energy' as Will Muschamp joins Gus Malzahn
Dec. 15, 2014

Gus Malzahn, left, and Will Muschamp hope to have plenty to smile about at Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  One of the best defensive coaches around has teamed with one of the best offensive minds in the business.

Will Muschamp, meet Gus Malzahn.

"It's a pretty good combination the way I look at it. I'm excited to be coaching with him," said Malzahn, Auburn's head coach, in welcoming his defensive coordinator back to Auburn.

Malzahn hired Muschamp on Friday night and dispatched him for recruiting Saturday and Sunday. He'll return to watch the start of practice for the Outback Bowl on Monday, though he won't serve as defensive coordinator for the game. Secondary coach Charlie Harbison will handle those chores.

But Muschamp will be prowling the practice field, and Malzahn will welcome his input.

"I love his energy. I'm an energy guy, too," Malzahn said. "I really wanted somebody who had great energy and intensity, to have that defense really take on his personality. He's one of the best in the business, if not the best in the business, and we really got all the above with what we were looking for."

Malzahn admitted during a weekend press conference he's not really a patient guy, but was willing to wait through Muschamp's vacation, and then a few more days, before Muschamp agreed to return to Auburn.

"After I decided to make a change, my goal was to go out there and get the best defensive coordinator in the country," Malzahn said. "I wanted a class guy, a true professional. Will fit all of the above. He was the first guy I contacted. He's the guy that I wanted, and we're blessed to have him here at Auburn.

"I was going to be patient so I didn’t really have any set time. I just knew that's who I wanted and who we needed. I was going to do whatever time-wise it took to give him the proper time to make a decision."

For now, Malzahn said, Muschamp will watch the defensive players and "have the chance to evaluate them, assess them, and he’ll put the pieces to the puzzle that will help create his defense."

Auburn hasn't announced Muschamp's contract, but he figures to be one of the highest paid assistant coaches in the nation. Malzahn said Athletics Director Jay Jacobs signed off on brining Muschamp aboard.

"Jay’s leadership is second to none. He’s one of the best if not the best athletic director in college. I’m blessed to be working under him," Malzahn said.

A few weeks ago, Muschamp was a head coach himself, at the University of Florida. Malzahn said that's a plus.

"I think it's very valuable, the fact that he’s been a head coach in this league. He understands what it's like," Malzahn said. "A lot of times coordinators that haven't been head coaches, you don’t really understand everything. The fact that he's been there and done that, he;’ll be a good sounding board for me too as far as some of the decisions you make. He'll have a good understanding of how everything works."

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



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