Here are a couple of items we’ve picked up since the news broke that USC defensive line coach Brad Lawing is leaving to take a similar position on Will Muschamp’s Florida staff.
- First, Lawing’s move caught a lot of people of guard. Multiple sources have indicated the decision to leave is not football related and stems from personal reasons on Lawing’s end. There are a lot of different rumors circulating about what the reason(s) may be. The specifics aren’t really important beyond the move has nothing to do with any rules violations or anything related to his job performance at USC.
- In terms of potential replacements here are two names to keep an eye on: Alabama’s Chris Rumph and Florida State’s Odell Haggins. Rumph was a four year letterman on the Gamecock football team and just finished his second season on the Alabama staff. Before joining forces with Nick Saban, Rumph worked for five years coaching the defensive ends at Clemson.
- Haggins is probably more of a long shot than Rumph because he has deep ties to Florida State. He is FSU alum and has been on the Seminoles staff the past 19 seasons. However, according to a source, Haggins is a guy to keep an eye on.
- Also, a source told SportsTalk Florida State made a push to hire USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward to replace Mark Stoops as the Seminoles defensive coordinator after Stoops left Tallahasse to take over the head coaching duties at Kentucky. Obviously Ward opted to stay put, but he is going to be in line for a pay raise that will probably put him over the 700,000 threshold.