Confirmed: Auburn hires Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator

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Fired Florida head coach Will Muschamp will remain in the SEC.

Muschamp has agreed to become the defensive coordinator under Gus Malzahn at Auburn. Malzahn and athletic director Jay Jacobs confirmed the move on Twitter and via press release Friday night. 

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"I'm excited to welcome Will back to Auburn as our new defensive coordinator,” Malzahn said in a statement. "Will is a one of the top defensive minds in college football who has great passion and energy for the game. He is a tremendous addition to our staff."

Muschamp, who was fired after four seasons and a 28-21 record at Florida, interviewed for the head coaching position at Houston, according to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde, but pulled his name from consideration on Friday night to take Auburn’s offer.

"My family, Carol, Jackson, Whit and I are excited about coming back to Auburn, and I look forward to working with Coach Malzahn to win championships," Muschamp said.

According to AuburnSports.com, Muschamp, who also received interest from South Carolina and Texas A&M, is expected to earn “approximately $1.5 million per season,” making him one of the highest-paid assistants in the country. Muschamp will succeed Ellis Johnson, who was fired a day after the Tigers lost 55-44 to Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

This will be Muschamp’s second stint as Auburn’s defensive coordinator. Previously, he led the Tigers’ defense in 2006 and 2007 under Tommy Tuberville. He then served as defensive coordinator at Texas from 2008-2010 before taking the head-coaching job at Florida.

He also was the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator under Nick Saban at LSU from 2001-2004.

Per AuburnSports.com, Malzahn offered Muschamp the position on Dec. 2, but Muschamp “made it clear that he would take at least a week to consider his options.”

Additionally, per AuburnSports.com, Muschamp has “been given authority to assemble his own staff of assistant coaches.”

For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.

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