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Brad Lawing hired by Florida

Brad Lawing was officially announced as the defensive line coach on Tuesday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla -- Florida officially confirmed the hire of South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing on Tuesday, as reported by 247Sports.com on Sunday afternoon.

Lawing will serve as an assistant head coach and the defensive line coach, working with Bryant Young along the defensive line.

"We are excited to have Brad Lawing join our coaching staff," coach Will Muschamp said in a press release. "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."

The position came open when defensive coordinator Dan Quinn left for the defensive coordinator job with the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN reported that Quinn was offered a three-year, $5.7 million contract to return to the NFL.

Florida promoted linebackers and special teams coach D.J. Durkin to defensive coordinator within hours, leaving an open assistant coaching position to fill.

Muschamp met with Lawing Sunday and the two agreed to bring him to Gainesville. Lawing had been making $300,000 in his final season in Columbia.

Florida has not yet announced who will coach the special teams, which was previously Durkin's responsibility. Muschamp hinted last week that the position could be broken up into several parts for a handful of coaches to handle.

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