- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida has officially announced the hiring of Brad Lawing to coach the Gators’ defensive line and serve as the assistant head coach. The move was reported by various outlets on Sunday evening and freshman LB Matt Rolin tweeted that Lawing was joining the staff as well.
"We are excited to have Brad Lawing join our coaching staff," UF coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. "His track record speaks for itself. His nearly three decades of experience coaching defensive linemen, his familiarity with the SEC, and our shared philosophical beliefs make him a perfect fit for our program."
Lawing will work with current defensive line coach Bryant Young. Lawing has spent 17 years at South Carolina in two different stints, from 1989-98 and 2006-2012, and is regarded as a good recruiter.
"I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Coach Muschamp and the entire Gator coaching staff," Lawing said. "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 [Steve] Spurrier provided to me."
Lawing is filling the spot made vacant when defensive coordinator Dan Quinn left to become the defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks. Muschamp promoted linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin to defensive coordinator.
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