Friday December 12th, 2014

Former Florida head coach and Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has reportedly interviewed with the Houston Cougars for their vacant head coaching position, according to Joseph Duarte of The Houston Chronicle.

Houston fired head coach Tony Levine earlier this week after the Cougars went 7-5 (5-3 American) this season. Levine was hired in 2011 and went 21-17 as head coach, leading the Cougars to bowls in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Houston will play Pitt in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Jan. 2, with defensive coordinator David Gibbs serving as the interim coach.

Muschamp was dismissed by Florida on Nov. 16. At that point, the Gators were 5-4 (4-4 SEC). Muschamp was allowed to coach Florida's final two regular-season games, a 52-3 win over Eastern Kentucky and 24-19 loss at Florida State. Florida will play East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3; defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin was named the Gators' interim head coach on Nov. 22.

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Muschamp is pursuing an annual salary of $2 million, Steven Godfrey of reported Friday. As Florida's head coach, Muschamp made nearly $3 million per year, according to USA Today.

Muschamp went 28-21 in four years at Florida, leading the Gators to bowls in every season except for 2013, when the team went 4-8 (3-5 SEC).

Muschamp has said he would like to return to coaching next season. Last week, reports suggested he had a defensive coordinator offer from Auburn, as well as defensive coordinator interest from Texas A&M and also the NFL.

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According to's Thayer Evans, TCU offensive coordinator Doug Meachem (Houston's offensive coordinator in 2013), Texas A&M running backs coach Clarence McKinney, Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers, Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and New York Jets assistant Thomas McGaughey have also all been linked to the Cougars' search.

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