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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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Quinn Leaves Gators For Seahawks

mrsec-breaking-newsFlorida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has been named the new defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.  Quinn returns to the NFL and to Seattle after spending two years on Will Muschamp’s staff in Gainesville.

Florida finished 11-2 this past season leaning heavily on the strength of the team’s defense. D.J. Durkin, the Gators current linebackers coach and special teams coordinator, will replace Quinn as defensive coordinator.

 

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WOW Headlines – 1/17/13

Kentucky’s new football staff will make $720,000 more than last year’s staff
Ex-Florida QB Jacoby Brissett has reportedly transferred to North Carolina State
Florida OL Jessamen Dunker released from jail after allegedly stealing a scooter
Auburn FB Blake Burgess had his 2010 SEC and BCS championship rings stolen this week
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been tied to the defensive coordinator opening with the NFL’s Eagles
Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has left to take the DC job with the Seattle Seahawks…
Linebackers coach D.J. Durkin promoted at Florida to the defensive coordinator position
SEC Thursday Night Basketball…Florida 68, Texas A&M 47
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SEC Headlines – 3/29/12 Part One

1.  Florida’s defensive players are more comfortable as they begin Year Two under coordinator Dan Quinn.

2.  Will Muschamp has allowed tight end AC Leonard to return to practice after a February arrest, but the coach says the player still has work to do before his fall status “is addressed.”

3.  Asked if he might have another emotional blowup on the field this fall, Georgia D-coordinator Todd Grantham said, “We’ll see.”

4.  This writer says “Georgia is back to having behavior problems.”

5.  Frank Martin’s recruiting ability gives South Carolina a chance to build in basketball.

6.  Stephen Garcia was back at USC for Pro Day voicing  regrets.

7.  New defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri is ramping up the tempo at Tennessee.

8.  Signal-caller Tyler Bray continues to show more maturity.

9.  Vanderbilt didn’t land ex-Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien, but Wyoming transfer QB Austyn Carta-Samuels is at practice.

10.  There’s more competition for spots at Vandy this spring.

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Verducci Out, Davis In On Muschamp’s UF Staff

Just when it appeared the SEC’s coaching carousel was coming to a stop, a couple of schools announced changes on Monday.  So, here we go again.

The first change took place in Gainesville.  It was announced yesterday that offensive line coach Frank Verducci was no longer a part of Will Muschamp’s Florida staff.  Verducci was a Charlie Weis hire.  The two had worked together at Notre Dame before joining the Gators staff last offseason.  It seems safe to assume that Verducci didn’t see eye to eye with new Gator O-coordinator Brent Pease.  (Pease was hired from Boise State when Weis left for the head coaching job at Kansas.)

It was announced that Verducci left to pursue other interests.

Replacing Verducci, Muschamp turned to Tim Davis from Utah.  Davis is familiar with his new coaching family.  He served with UF running backs coach Brian White at Wisconsin from 1997 through 2001.  He worked with tight ends coach Derek Lewis at Minnesota.  And The Orlando Sentinel also points out that he also served on the Miami Dolphins 2005 staff along with Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

“Tim is a perfect fit for our program – he has a history of coaching in a pro-style offense and shares the same program philosophies,” Muschamp said via press release.  ”It will be a seamless transition for our players and staff.”

Davis spoke of “shared philosophies” as well: “I’m excited to work with coach Muschamp again and join the Florida football program.  I don’t look at this as joining a new staff, having worked with coach Muschamp, Dan Quinn, Brian White and Derek Lewis in the past. I understand the shared philosophies of the staff and look forward to being part of The Gator Nation.”

Get the feeling that Weis and Verducci didn’t really share the same philosophies?

Davis inherits an offensive line that was riddled with depth issues last season.

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UF’s Quinn Turns Down NFL’s Bucs

Will Muschamp has been maintain stability in his program this offseason.  He got good news on that front today.

The Gainesville Sun reports today that Gator defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has passed on an offer to join Greg Schiano’s new staff with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  He served in the NFL with the 49ers, Dolphins, Jets and Seahawks from 2001 through 2010 before joining Muschamp’s first staff in Gainesville.

The Gators will return 10 starters on defense this fall.  Last season they ranked fifth in the SEC in scoring defense, fifth in rushing defense, third in passing defense, and fifth in total defense.

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Muschamp Happy With UF’s Progress

Will Muschamp said all the right things during an SEC-mandated teleconference yesterday.  According to the coach, he’s pleased with Florida’s progress this spring.

“I’m pleased with what we’re doing offensively.  Charlie (Weis) does an outstanding job; defensively, Dan Quinn has done a really nice job with our players; and DJ Durking is running our special teams.  I’m please with the progress we’ve made as far as the installation and identifying the playmakers on both sides of the ball.  We’ve just got to continue to build depth on our football team.”

Muschamp also said none of the numerous injuries suffered by his players this spring were serious.

In summary: He’s pleased.

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