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Will Muschamp is going to be the defensive coordinator at Auburn

One of A&M's top defensive coordinator targets joins SEC foe.

John Reed-US Presswire

Will Muschamp, one of the most talked about names in Texas A&M's search for a new defensive coordinator, is headed to Auburn. Muschamp reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth between $1.6 million and $1.8 million annually, making him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in college football.

The former Florida head coach was also courted by South Carolina as defensive coordinator and interviewed for the head coaching position at the University of Houston. Muschamp has been at Auburn previously, serving as their defensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007, and joins head coach Gus Malzahn in what many think will be a formidable coaching duo in the Southeastern Conference.

So what does this mean for A&M?

Rumors have circulated over the past week that Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, may be headed to Aggieland. If that's the case, don't expect an announcement any time soon, as Foster is scheduled to receive a one-time annuity payment of $800,000 from Virginia Tech if he is still there on Dec. 31.

As Ranger222 outlined last month, several other candidates are out there as well, including Clemson's Brent Venables and Houston's David Gibbs. And while Aggies everywhere are eagerly awaiting the announcement, Kevin Sumlin would like to remind us that patience is a virtue.

"The search is going great, and obviously you'd like to get somebody as quickly as possible," Sumlin said. "But to me, it's not about the time, it's about the person. What we are trying to do and what we want to do is get the right guy, regardless of the time."