"BOOOOOM! ... That's what I'm talking about! Knock these motherf^ckers out!!"
A great pick-up by ESPN's sideline microphones spawned a legend. Coach Boom was born.
Seven seasons have passed since Will Muschamp left Auburn to become the defensive coordinator at Texas and then the head coach of the Florida Gators. Tonight it was announced that he will be returning to the Loveliest Village to take up the spot he previously held. The news was first reported by Phillip Marshall of AuburnUndercover, but has now been reported by multiple news outlets.
UPDATED: Now confirmed through articles on the official site, along with tweets from Gus Malzahn and Jay Jacobs.
BOOM! Welcome back @CoachWMuschamp to the Auburn Family! #WarEagle— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) December 13, 2014
Boom! #WarEagle #AuburnFast pic.twitter.com/ZY49ep2udO— Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobsauad) December 13, 2014
Then there's this
OFFICIAL: Muschamp. #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/teBHFwyjWz— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) December 13, 2014
While at Auburn for his first stint, Muschamp's defense was ranked 7th nationally in scoring defense in 2006 according to his bio on the official site which still exists, funny enough. Though by the time this article is published, perhaps it will be updated with more recent information. The Tigers led the SEC in scoring defense in 2007 and finished in the Top 10 nationally in multiple categories.
Muschamp's defenses at Texas were near the top of the country on a regular basis as well, and the tendency to good defense continued even into his head coaching stint with Florida. Offensive woes were what doomed Will Muschamp in the Swamp much more so than defensive issues. His Florida defenses performed well all four seasons.
Coach Muschamp's deal is rumored to be in the $1.6 million range, which makes him easily the highest paid coordinator in the country. It is suspected that former Tiger DB, Gators DB coach, and recruiter-extraordinaire Travaris Robinson may be along for the ride, as well.
The prospect of a Double Boom combo on the Plains made this an easy decision, though. Auburn has talent on the defensive side of the ball and will be bringing in even more talent with the next recruiting class. Muschamp's defenses likely won't meet the statistical numbers that he's had elsewhere due to the nature of Gus Malzahn's offense, but then again you don't really know. If the defense is getting constant three-and-outs, then the offense runs up the score and gets the opposing offense out of it's comfort zone, and we could end up with a lot of games that resemble the 2014 LSU game.
So, what are we calling this? I've seen various things on Twitter that I wish I could give credit to the originators, but I've forgotten all of the tweets by now. Guschamp? Double Boom? Legion of Boom? BoomBrothers?
Exciting times are coming to the Plains. I love this. I can't even begin to describe to you how much I love it.
Actually, I think maybe I can.