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Florida Defensive Line Coach Resigns

Bryant-Young-THUMBFlorida defensive line coach Bryant Young unexpectedly resigned today.  Young informed the Gators during a staff meeting this afternoon,  citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

 

“I have come to the realization that it is time to invest more in my family during this fleeting season in life. I have truly loved my time being a Gator, enjoyed a great working relationship with coach Muschamp and will also miss the dedicated staff at this University.”

 

Young was part of Muschamp’s original staff at Florida.  He had coached previously at San Jose State and Notre Dame, his alma mater,  following a 14-year career NFL career with San Francisco 49ers.

This is the latest in a series of off-season moves involving Florida defensive coaches.  Dan Quinn resigned as defensive coordinator to go to the Seattle Seahawks, linebacker coach D.J. Durkin was promoted to coordinator, and Brad Lawing was hired away from South Carolina to replace Quinn and work with Young.

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New Florida Line Coach Helps Land Recruit

Former New York Giants linebacker Corey Miller played under Brad Lawing at South Carolina.  His son Christian will play under the new defensive line coach at Florida.  The Rivals 100 member committed to the Gators over the weekend and mentioned his father’s relationship as a reason. “I know him very well, and he makes me feel comfortable. He’s one of the main reasons I chose UF.”

Offensive linemen Travaris Dorsey and Benjamin Knox also committed to the Gators, giving them six members in their 2014 class.

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Spurrier Talks Up New USC Assistant Adams, Says Loss Of Lawing Won’t Hurt

gfx - they said itIn case you hadn’t noticed, Steve Spurrier doesn’t often mince words.  He certainly didn’t this weekend when asked about a previous declaration that ex-Gamecock defensive line coach Brad Lawing — who’s taken a job at Florida this offseason — was the best D-line coach in the country.

His response:

 

“That was a while back that I said that, wasn’t it?  I don’t feel like we’re going to miss Coach Lawing.  He’s an excellent coach.  No question about that.  We think Deke Adams is a very good coach.  He’s a guy that worked his way up.  He coaches a bunch of small colleges.  Yeah, he’s a good coach.”

 

Spurrier had even more to say about Adams: “He’s sort of my kind of coach, good family man, wonderful personality.”

Considering the rumors Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward touched off with is out-of-bounds statement regarding Lawing’s departure (“Brad’s reason to leave here was way beyond football, and that’s between him and his family.”), Spurrier’s comment is sure to be parsed, dissected and analyzed.

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WOW Headlines – 1/22/13

Florida has officially hired Brad Lawing from South Carolina to become the school’s defensive ends coach and assistant head coach
South Carolina has replaced Lawing by hiring Deke Adams from North Carolina as the school’s new defensive line coach
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says his team’s opener with Georgia could be moved to Labor Day, but it’s unlikely UGA officials will agree to do that
Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is expected to face charges of unethical conduct for violations committed on his watch at Miami (FL)
Tennessee has already lost seven members from its 22-man 2012 signing class in football
Former Georgia RB Ken “Boo” Malcome will transfer to Southern Illinois
SEC Tuesday night basketball…Alabama 59, Kentucky 55…Missouri 71, South Carolina 65
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Carolina Hires New D-Line Coach; D-Coordinator Steps Out Of Bounds

deke-adamsIt didn’t take South Carolina long to find a replacement for outgoing defensive line coach Brad Lawing.  In fact, it took less than 24 hours.  North Carolina D-line coach Deke Adams is set to jump from one Carolina to the other… and to jump at a chance to work with All-Everything Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Adams moved to UNC for the 2012 season along with Larry Fedora from Southern Miss.  The former Golden Eagle player had been on the staff in Hattiesburg for the three seasons prior.  Before that, he’d coached below the FBS ranks.

Adams said the courtship with USC was — obviously — a quick one:

 

“Everything just kind of happened real fast, to be honest with you.  I got a call (from defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward), and then from that point on, it took off.  The next thing you know, it was over.  It just went really fast.  (Ward) and I, we’ve known each other for a little while, too…

Coach Fedora has been great.  He’s been great to me and my family.  I’ve enjoyed my time with him.  It was a great opportunity for me and my family (at South Carolina).  I get a chance to coach one of the best defensive players in the country.  I’m excited about that…

I haven’t really studied him or anything like that.  I’ve watched him when I had a chance to see him on TV.  He’s probably the most dominant defensive lineman in the country right now.  My goal is to definitely get in there and coach him up, but at the same time not mess him up.  I’m excited to have a chance to coach him.”

 

Carolina fans have to like Adams’ admission that he doesn’t want to mess up his new protege.  It’s one thing to coach Clowney and add to his abilities, but changing too much of what’s worked for him is a danger.  Adams appears to realize that from the get-go.

As for Adams’ new boss, we weren’t particularly impressed with Ward’s comments regarding the departure of Adams’ predecessor.  Lawing will coach defensive ends at Florida under newly promoted defensive coordinator DJ Durkin.  He’s also been named assistant head coach.  But rather than simply saying, “We wish Lawing luck moving forward,” (as most bosses in his business would do), Ward uttered these words:

 

“Brad’s reason to leave here was way beyond football, and that’s between him and his family.”

 

Well, no, not anymore it’s not.  Ward should be flagged for unnecessary verbiage.

By making the above statement he opened the door for fans and media to speculate as to why Lawing and his family wanted to move.  Ward was also quoted as saying: “It became (about) a little more than football.  He felt like he and his family needed a new start.  That’s what they’re going to do.  I think at this point in his career, money is always an issue, especially when you’re getting close to an age when you’re trying to make as much as you can (before retirement).  But I think it had to do with a lot more than money.”

So at least twice Ward hinted that something is up behind the scenes with Lawing’s and his family.

Sorry, but that’s out of bounds.  In a profession where coaches move time and again, there was absolutely no need for South Carolina’s defensive coordinator to give any explanation at all for an underling’s departure.  “He was looking for a new opportunity,” would have sufficed if pressed.  Heck, Ward himself has bounced around from Chattanooga to Virginia Tech to the NFL to Arkansas and to Carolina.  Here’s guessing his ex-bosses didn’t get into his rationale for leaving.

Ward should have piped down, been the bigger man, and hired the next guy.  At least he got the last part right.

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UF Steals D-Line Coach Lawing From USC

brad-lawing-carolinaAccording to multiple reports yesterday, Florida has swiped a coach from South Carolina.  Gamecock defensive line coach Brad Lawing is reportedly leaving Columbia to take over as defensive ends coach in Gainesville.

Last week, Florida lost defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to Seattle and promoted linebackers coach DJ Durkin to replace him.  Lawing — who looks like he should be wrestling crocodiles down under — will fill the spot left vacant by Quinn’s departure.

The 55-year-old Lawing has served on Steve Spurrier’s Carolina staff since 2006.  Well-respected as a recruiter, his departure so close to signing day could cause some hiccups for the Gamecocks (who now have a slot to fill on their staff).  And aid the Gators.

Update: South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward: “Brad’s reason to leave here was way beyond football, and that’s between him and his family.”

 

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