Lawing leaving Gamecocks for job with Gators

jkendall@thestate.comJanuary 20, 2013 

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney works under the watchful eye of defensive line coach Brad Lawing during practice Tuesday morning.

JEFF BLAKE — jblake@thestate.com

Brad Lawing, who has 17 years of service in two stints as a South Carolina assistant coach, is leaving to take a job on Will Muschamp’s staff at Florida, multiple reports stated and a source told The State on Sunday.

However, Gamecock defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward was waiting on the official word before commenting on the loss of his defensive line coach.

“I haven’t been officially told he’s taking the job yet,” Ward told The State on Sunday at 7:45 p.m. “He told us he was going down there and he would let us know if he took the job. I don’t even know if he’s told coach (Steve Spurrier) yet.”

Neither Spurrier nor Lawing returned messages left Sunday on their cell phones.

Lawing has coached at South Carolina since 2006. He also worked for the Gamecocks from 1989-1998, and Spurrier recently speculated Lawing must be the all-time winningest assistant in school history.

No such records are kept at the school, but Lawing’s 106 wins in garnet and black account for almost 20 percent of the school’s all-time victories.

“That’s called longevity,” Lawing said last month as the Gamecocks prepared for the Outback Bowl.

Spurrier, who has had to replace at least one assistant coach in each season in Columbia, likely will have a long ling of applicants for the defensive line position, which comes with the opportunity to work with All-American Jadeveon Clowney for one season.

At South Carolina, Lawing has been credited with the development of NFL defensive linemen Travian Robertson, Eric Norwood, Melvin Ingram and Cliff Matthews.

Florida was left with an opening when defensive coordinator and defensive ends coach Dan Quin left to take the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator position.

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