South Carolina will be looking for another assistant coach this offseason as defensive line coach Brad Lawing has reportedly accepted a position with the Florida Gators.
TheBigSpur and GatorBait report Brad Lawing hired as UF DL coach.— Football Rumor Mill (@fbrumormill) January 20, 2013
Lawing has been a long-time South Carolina coach after serving under former Carolina head coaches, Sparky Woods and Brad Scott, from 1989 to 1998. Lawing spent time at Michigan State and UNC before returning to Columbia to work under Steve Spurrier in 2006.
He's coached several Carolina greats in Cliff Matthews, Travian Robertson, Melvin Ingram and Jadeveon Clowney.
The exact reasons for Lawing's departure at this time are unknown but according to multiple reports online, it is more of a "personal" issue than anything about opportunity. Lawing will likely earn a sizeable raise at Florida and get a chance to coach at one of the richest schools in the country.
There are no proposed names at this time for a replacement for Lawing but one such name that will likely be in discussion is Alabama's Chris Rumph. Rumph is in his second year at Alabama and currently serves as the defensive line coach. Rumph worked at Clemson for five years before heading to Alabama for the past two years. The big connection here is Rumph is a four-year letterman at South Carolina and graduated in 1994. The alma mater connection is always a draw for most coaches. Take a look at Jay Graham for example.
It wouldn't be a shock to see Rumph be considered for the position but the Gamecocks will likely have plenty of suitors for the opportunity to coach Jadeveon Clowney next year. It will likely be a few days before a hire is made but if recent track record is any indicator, whoever South Carolina hires next, will be an upgrade for the coaching staff.