UF hires new defensive assistant
Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.
Numerous news outlets are reporting that South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing has been hired by Florida coach Will Muschamp to fill the opening on the Gators’ coaching staff.
Neither school would confirm the hiring late Sunday afternoon. An official announcement is expected to be made today.
Lawing is in his second stint at South Carolina, having joined Steve Spurrier’s staff in 2006 and coached defensive line standouts Jadeveon Clowney and Melvin Ingram, among others. He also coached at USC from 1989-98 under Sparky Woods and Brad Scott.
In between, Lawing spent a combined seven seasons at Michigan State and North Carolina. He worked under Nick Saban at MSU.
Lawing likely will coach the defensive ends at UF, while Bryant Young will continue to coach the defensive tackles, as he has the past two seasons.
The opening on the staff was created last week when defensive coordinator Dan Quinn left to become the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. On the same day, Muschamp promoted linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin to defensive coordinator.
Lawing is considered a solid recruiter and has a reputation for developing young talent, including Clowney, one of the nation’s most dominant players.
He’ll have at least three promising young defensive ends to work with at UF — Ronald Powell and true sophomores Dante Fowler Jr. and Jonathan Bullard.