ESPN gets rights to BCS

espn-bcsStarting in 2011, ESPN will hold the rights to air all Bowl Championship Series games except the Rose Bowl — which has a seperate contract with ABC that runs til 2014.

ESPN will air the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls in prime time on it’s network from 2011-2014, and will have the BCS championship game for all those years except 2014 — when it will be hosted by the Rose Bowl. Along with the TV rights, ESPN will hold the radio rights and the internet marketing.

ESPN currently reaches 98 million homes, and they expect that number to increase before the contract takes effect in 2011.

Muschamp set to coach Texas after Brown retires

Highly energetic Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp reached a new deal with the Longhorns. This deal while still being finalize will boost his salary to $900,000 starting in January, and will designate him as the coach in waiting.

Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, right, speaks during a news conference held by the NCAA college football team Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, in Austin, Texas. It was announced by athletic director DeLoss Dodds, left, that Muschamp has been designated head-coach-in-waiting to take over the Longhorns program when Mack Brown retires.  (AP)

Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, right, speaks during a news conference held by the NCAA college football team Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, in Austin, Texas. It was announced by athletic director DeLoss Dodds, left, that Muschamp has been designated head-coach-in-waiting to take over the Longhorns program when Mack Brown retires. (AP)

This puts Muschamp in place to take over once head coach Mack Brown decides to retire. However, the 57-year-old has no plans to retire any time soon. Brown’s contract still has eight years remaining and hinted that he’d like to make another run at a national championship while still coaching.

“I won’t be a Bobby Bowden or a Joe Paterno,” Brown said. “But I’ll be here a long time and as long as it works for me.

“For me, it’s not any immediacy. I have eight years on my contract and plan on being here. It’s exciting that Will would wait until the right time to move forward. Not many people would do that. I hope people don’t think it’s a twilight for me. It’s a new beginning for all of us,” he said.

I think this is a great move by Texas, and a surprising one by Muschamp.

Muschamp is one of the best young up and coming coaches in the college scene and would be in high demand by most colleges out there to lead their teams. However, there are few jobs in the nation as prestigious as that of the Texas Longhorns.

But I can’t help but think that Brown will coach out the remainder of his contract and retire at the end of that. This means that Muschamp will be waiting in the wings for those eight years. What if a great job opens up in the near future? One like, say, Auburn — which I have a feeling might be opening up in the near future — or Penn State or how about Notre Dame? All of these schools would likely happily bring Muschamp on board.

But I guess if he’s willing to wait, then the Texas job is a great one to have, and the stability that the school has towards its coaches is great. Like I said, this is great news for Texas, and somewhat surprising news from Muschamp. But I wish the best of luck to him and his team.

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