Source: “UT may encourage Mack Brown to retire”

Longtime DAILY OKLAHOMAN columnist Berry Tramel sources a speculative piece on Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp soon replacing Mack Brown as the team’s head coach - but later dismisses his own source.

Mark Richt Will Muschamp Mack Brown

A Texas source said over the weekend that UT might encourage Mack Brown to retire, that the ‘Horns might be ready to commence with the Muschamp era. Not because of any dissatisfaction of Brown, but because of a belief in Muschamp. That’s the extent of Texas’ devotion to Muschamp, who is in his third year as the UT defensive coordinator and has been designated Brown’s successor.

The apparent impetus behind such talk is the shaky status of Georgia coach Mark Richt. The thinking is, if the Dogs come calling for Muschamp, Texas might try to throw in with its defensive coordinator instead of its current head coach.

Tramel makes the case that Muschamp-to-Georgia is a logical summation:

But it would make perfect sense for Muschamp to go to Georgia job, which is a great job and a great fit for Muschamp. Muschamp, 39, grew up in Rome, Ga., and was a walkon safety at Georgia before entering coaching. Muschamp was a successful defensive coordinator at LSU and Auburn, so his SEC roots run deep.

So Georgia seems the likely school to come calling for Muschamp in 2010. Georgia fell to 1-4 with a loss at Colorado, and suddenly Richt’s hold on the job seems perilous.

But after raising the possibility of Brown’s ouster via a “source“, Tramel takes a reverse personal course in his blog post.

Despite a 3-2 start in 2010, Brown hasn’t lost his touch. He’s still running a big-time program producing big-time success with a bright future. Ending the Brown era to get to the Muschamp era makes no sense.

As I noted just over a week ago, don’t expect Richt to be fired this year by rookie UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity. More likely Richt will be forced into staff changes for the 2011 season. If the Dogs are just as putrid to start next season (1-4), then you can expect McGarity to make a move by encouraging Richt to agree to step down after the season is complete.

Is it possible Muschamp interests Georgia enough that the Dogs would move Richt out quicker to prevent the former Bulldog player from taking a head job at another school? Anything is possible, but basing that theory at all on the performance of the Texas defense this season would seem to mitigate the chance of it happening.

Most interesting question involving Tramel’s piece is if he thought there was no way Brown would be shown the door anytime soon, why bring it up at all?