When defensive coordinator Will Muschamp eventually becomes the head football coach at Texas, his salary will start at $2 million. School spokesman John Bianco confirmed the figure Thursday evening. The Associated Press reported the figures earlier Thursday from an interview with Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds.
The contract probably won’t be approved by the Texas board of for regents for a few months, although some major details have already been agreed upon.
Unlike several other head-coach designate situations, Muschamp’s contract won’t include a buyout clause should he decide to leave for another school before becoming head coach. Neither will it contain a financial penalty payment should he not replace Mack Brown within a specific amount of time.
“I’m the defensive coordinator at Texas,” Muschamp said earlier Thursday. “I enjoy my job, I like what I do and when that day comes I’ll look forward to it.”
Muschamp, one of the highest paid defensive coordinators in the college football at $425,000 this season, will see his salary increased to $900,000 this year as part of the agreement for being named Brown’s successor in November.
KINDLE WEIGHS OPTIONS
Junior linebacker Sergio Kindle will face a decision about entering the NFL draft after this month.
Kindle and his father, Johnny Walker, met with Muschamp last week to discuss the possibilities. In Muschamp’s defensive scheme this season, Kindle emerged as an elite pass rusher with nine sacks and 13 tackles for losses.
“You just present the facts as you know it based on the evaluation … from people you trust in the NFL, from general managers to coaches to scouts, based on what they perceive his future to be,” Muschamp said.
Bobby Estes, Kindle’s coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, talked with Kindle before this season about his long-term goals.
“He wanted to win the Dick Butkus or Lombardi (awards),” Estes said. “He knew that for him to win those as a senior, he needed to have a good (junior) season. My anticipation was that he was going to be a four-year player. Now, that can change with the draft.”
Estes said he believed that Kindle’s goals remain the same.
OHIO STATE'S WELLS UNCERTAIN
Another player who might or might not have the NFL draft in his near future is Ohio State junior running back Beanie Wells. He says he hasn’t yet made a decision about entering the NFL draft.
Wells is a 235-pound powerhouse with a history of injury at a position with a short shelf live. He’s one of 11 children and will almost certainly be a first-round pick. But he has yet to fulfill many of the expectations that greeted him in Columbus.
Asked about his legacy, Wells answered: “It’s really not big enough yet for my satisfaction. I have so many more things I would like to accomplish.”