According to multiple reports, defensive line coach Brad Lawing, who is on the South Carolina staff, has been in Gainesville speaking to Florida head football coach Will Muschamp about an open position on his staff. The Gators are expected to announce that they have hired him to coach the defensive ends.
He’s been on the Carolina staff since 2006 and has coached several NFL caliber lineman including Cliff Matthews (Atlanta Falcons), Melvin Ingram (San Diego), and future first round draft pick Jadaveon Clowney.
The last few seasons the Gamecocks have had one of the best defensive lines in the nation. In 2010 they set a school record for sacks in a season with 41 and then broke that this season with 43 finishing fifth in the nation. This season Clowney finished tied for second in the nation in individual sacks this season with 13 just behind Georgia’s Jarvis Jones who had 14.5.
Lawing spent 17 seasons in Columbia in two different stints there. He was also on staff from 1989 to 1998. Reportedly there were some personal issues which led him to seek other employment.
He’s widely considered a great defensive line coach and a great recruiter as well.
There was some questions about which direction Muschamp would go with the coaching search as new defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, who had been coaching linebackers, has also coached defensive ends, the position that outgoing defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had coached.
Muschamp decided to leave Durkin coaching the linebackers and bring in Lawing to coach the defensive ends.
Lawing has a couple of young, but talented, defensive ends in Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler and he should be a nice addition to the staff.