None of this retirement stuff would have even come up if Brown hadn’t started it first by proposing the Longhorns sign defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to one of those contracts designating him as the next head coach last November. The deal pays Muschamp close to $1 million this year and up to $2.5 million by 2013 even if he’s still a UT assistant.
For the record, Brown much prefers the term "coach-designate” over the often used "head-coach-in-waiting” when talking about Muschamp. Brown says that sounds too much like a medieval plot to take over the throne.
"It’s like he’s going to bring me a bowl of (poison) soup to kill me,” Brown joked in a speech to fans. But he’s also serious that he’s not planning to leave anytime soon.
The Muschamp deal was "a message for the future, not for tomorrow,” Brown said.
Muschamp, meanwhile, does his own job of deflecting questions of when he thinks he may be the Texas head coach.
"I’m the defensive coordinator,” Muschamp said. "Everybody wants a timetable.”