The season is young. But the Georgia Bulldogs already are 0-2 in SEC play under coach Mark Richt in the wake of today's 31-24 loss to No. 12 Arkansas. It marks the Bulldogs' first 0-2 start in SEC play during the Richt era and the first since the early 1990s, under former coach Ray Goff.
Expect the buzz to start surfacing soon -- at least among Georgia fans on fans' websites -- about the Bulldogs luring Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, a former Georgia player, back between between the hedges as the head coach next season if Richt cannot turn things around. And soon.
Muschamp, the Longhorns' head-coach-in-waiting as the successor to Mack Brown, has turned down opportunities to take over other programs in each of the past two seasons. Most notable was bypassing the Tennessee job the past off-season. But you've got to wonder if Muschamp, who has no specific timetable in place for taking over the Texas program, would be enticed to return to his alma mater.
Texas sources have indicated that Muschamp is willing to patiently wait out the opportunity to take over for Brown, who probably won't be stepping down until promising QB Garrett Gilbert heads to the NFL -- preferably after leading to Longhorns into the national title picture in 2011 and 2012, if not this season as well. Muschamp has publicly stated he is happy in his current post and is wiling to wait for the Texas job to open.
But the Georgia job has yet to open during his time at Texas. It still is not open. If the Dawgs' continue sliding and the position opens at the end of the season, it will be interesting to see how patient Muschamp would be willing to be at that point while waiting out an opportunity to coach the Longhorns.
_ Jimmy Burch