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November 23, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Was Muschamp offered UW job?

A source in Texas said over the weekend that Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was definitely given an offer to become the next head coach at Washington.
The source said it was that offer that spurred the decision this week for Muschamp to become the coach-in-waiting at Texas. (Here’s a story with some details on that.)
If true, it indicates that Washington had been ready to conclude its coaching search and may have had to go in a different path this week.
There won’t be any official confirmation of any offers from UW as the Huskies are attempting to be as secretive as possible about the search.
However, UW athletic director Scott Woodward said last week that “I’ve been a lot of places” confirming only that he has been doing some significant work on the search.
There has been speculation that the budget cuts of the last week could impact how much UW is willing to pay for a new coach.
Woodward, however, said in an interview with the Times late last week that he didn’t anticipate that the budget cuts would significantly impact the search for a coach.
“That’s one of our top priorities, is our football program,” Woodward said. “That (brings in) 85 percent of our revenue and we have to get that right, and we will not hold back there. But we will be smart and prudent and pay market.”
The thought all along is that UW has been willing to go somewhere in the mid-to-high $2 million range.
What’s important to remember in that discussion is that it’s not so much having the money to pay a coach — the athletic department is self-sustaining and not dependent on money from the general budget — but the perception it might create at a time of significant belt-tightening at the school.
Woodward acknowledged in the interview with the Times that the athletic department would need to be careful in its spending in light of the recent budget cuts.
“We are part of this campus and we are going to look at austerity issues and being prudent about how we spend,”’ Woodward said.

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