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Gators officially add long-time Gamecocks assistant

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Over the weekend, multiple media outlets were reporting that Florida was set to swipe an assistant from South Carolina.

A couple of days later, the swiping is official as the Gators announced that Will Muschamp has hired Brad Lawing to serve as defensive line coach.  Lawing will replace Dan Quinn, who left late last week to take over as defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.

“We are excited to have Brad Lawing join our coaching staff,” said Muschamp. “His track record speaks for itself – his nearly three decades of experience coaching defensive lineman, his familiarity with the SEC and our shared philosophical beliefs make him a perfect fit for our program.”

Lawing has spent 17 of the past 24 seasons as a South Carolina assistant.  His first stint lasted 10 seasons (1989-98); his second lasted seven years, returning to Columbia in 2006 during Steve Spurrier‘s second season as head coach of the Gamecocks.

Lawing also spent four seasons at Michigan State between his USC stints, with his first year with the Spartans coming in Nick Saban‘s final year before leaving for LSU.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Coach Muschamp and the entire Gator coaching staff,” said Lawing. “Coach Muschamp and I share the same philosophical beliefs defensively. I’ve enjoyed the many years I’ve had in South Carolina and I’m grateful for the opportunities Coach Spurrier provided to me.”

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6 Responses to “Gators officially add long-time Gamecocks assistant”
  1. glmore says: Jan 22, 2013 5:43 PM

    How about reporting the fact that the HBC already hired a replacement yesterday, hiring the DL coach from UNC?????????

  2. thegamecocker says: Jan 22, 2013 6:30 PM

    Brad Lawing is a fine coach and he performed very well for South Carolina. I wish him well in his new position at U. of Florida. Let’s not forget he worked under the “BENEDICT ARNOLD OF ALL HEAD COACHES” FAT BRAD SCOTT. That empty suit was horrible and ended up at our nemesis, Clemson. He loved piling it on whenever we played them. But the tide has changed and now SOUTH CAROLINA dominates Clemson. Of course one of his son’s remains on the Clemson staff and is also a piece of garbage. He was the holder on point-after TD’s. I loathe Brad Scott and his entire family. His record from 1994-1998 was a PATHETIC 23-32-1! Under Scott, the Gamecocks have gone 1-15-1 against ranked teams, 2-28-1 versus teams that finished the season with a winning record, and 1-14 against Georgia, Tennessee and Florida — the three teams atop the SEC East. He was also just 2-3 against Clemson. Hey Brad: you’re a DIK!!!

  3. Woody Bass says: Jan 22, 2013 6:43 PM

    Reblogged this on Woody Bass.

  4. floridacock says: Jan 23, 2013 8:19 AM

    Brad’s reason for high tailing it out of Columbia, telling his boss he is leaving on his way to the plane, seems to be personal. Looks like he caught his wife doing un-natural things with someone that was not him. No personal fortitude.

  5. floridacock says: Jan 23, 2013 8:22 AM

    @ thegamecocker

    Not sure why you headed off in the Brad Scott direction when this article is about fragile Lawing

  6. thegamecocker says: Jan 23, 2013 8:28 AM

    @floridacock

    I’m one of those guys that NEVER FORGETS when someone wrongs you. Brad Scott is one of those folks. The mess he left at Carolina and then heading right off to our chief competitor truly irritated me! He seemed to have delighted in beating South Carolina and that is why I went off on the tangent!! Lawing did work for Carolina during “Fat Brad’s” time so there was some connection.

    I’m sorry to learn of Coach Lawing’s situation. That is traumatic to say the least. He performed well for us during the Spurrier years and I wish him well.

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