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Florida names Will Muschamp as new head coach

Florida has named Will Muschamp as its new head coach, athletic director Jeremy Foley announced on Saturday.

Muschamp, 39, replaces Urban Meyer, who announced earlier in the week that he would step down after the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

Muschamp had been the defensive coordinator and head coach-in waiting at Texas. But Muschamp won't be taking over the Longhorns.

The move may seem surprising, but Muschamp had solid SEC roots. He graduated from Georgia in 1994 and played safety for the Bulldogs. He was a graduate assistant at Auburn, defensive coordinator at LSU and then later returned to Auburn to serve as defensive coordinator.

According to Florida's website, Muschamp lived in Gainesville for 10 years while growing up.

"This is a dream come true to be the head coach of the Florida Gators," Muschamp said on the school's website. "I grew up watching the Gators and whatever other SEC team was on television. I have great memories watching SEC football with my father on Saturdays and playing football in the back yard with my two brothers right here in Gainesville."

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