In somewhat of a surprise move, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley hired Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as the next head coach of the Gators.

Muschamp, the former head coach-in-waiting of the Texas Longhorns, returns to the SEC as Florida's head coach.

The intense, face-bleeding motivator has held past assistant coaching jobs with the LSU Tigers and the Auburn Tigers and played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Here's what Muschamp had to say about being the new top dog in Gainesville:

"This is a dream come true to be the head coach of the Florida Gators. I grew up watching the Gators and whatever other SEC team was on television. I have great memories watching SEC football with my father on Saturdays and playing football in the backyard with my two brothers right here in Gainesville.

"I'm eager to get to work and represent this great institution. I'm very thankful for the opportunity given to me by President Dr. Bernie Machen and Athletic Director Jeremy Foley. I promise to bring a tremendous amount of passion and energy to work every day and my goal is to have our team bring the same type of attitude in everything we do both on and off the field.

"I want our team to play hard with relentless effort and with toughness. We want to make Gator Nation proud."

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