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Trouble in Gainesville?

Near the end of November last year, life seemed like it couldn’t get much better for the Florida Gators.

Is there trouble ahead for Florida and head coach Will Muschamp?

Is there trouble ahead for Florida and head coach Will Muschamp?

Will Muschamp’s team was 11-1 in his second season as head coach, and the team needed just a Notre Dame loss to sneak into the BCS national championship game.

But fast forward 11 months and the picture isn’t nearly as rosy.

The Irish didn’t lose, and Florida settled for a Sugar Bowl date with Louisville, where they were thoroughly manhandled by the Cardinals. Now, seven games into Muschamp’s third season, UF sits at 4-3 and out of the top 25 after being thumped by Missouri on Saturday.

That sharp turn for the worse led USA Today columnist Dan Wolken to put the Gators atop his “Misery Index” this week, and Wolken says the present shouldn’t be the Gators biggest concern.

What should worry Florida fans the most at the moment isn’t just 2013 but rather what the picture looks like going forward. The Gators will lose some significant pieces off their defense next season, and where is the quarterback to lead their offense out of mediocrity? Do you see it? We don’t.

Is Wolken right? Do you think Florida fans have even scarier times ahead?

Photo credit: Dave Martin / AP

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The Coaching Wire: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Report: Brad Lawing will join Florida staff


South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing will accept the same position on Will Muschamp’s staff at Florida, according to reports.

Lawing has been at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier since 2006. He was also to Carolina in 1998-99 under Sparky Woods and Brad Scott.

ESPN’s Chris Low ranks Lawing as one of the top assistants in the SEC, listing him as one his “Dandy Dozen” conference coaches. According to Low, Lawing is:

One of the more underrated coaches in the SEC, Lawing has been doing it for a long time at a very high level. His defensive lines at South Carolina have been excellent the past few years and are one of the big reasons the Gamecocks have made their move into the SEC’s upper tier.

Lawing replaces Dan Quinn, who was recently named Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator.

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Jags hire Bradley; UF's Quinn to Seattle

The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach.

General manager David Caldwell, who was hired last week, led the search.

“It was just a matter of time before Gus Bradley became a head coach in the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars are extremely fortunate that Gus will be on our sidelines for many years to come,” Caldwell said in a statement. “Gus more than met every criteria we insisted on from our new head coach, and his intangibles and leadership abilities are exceptional. Gus is who the Jaguars need now and in the future.”

Bradley spent the last four seasons in Seattle. His defense finished in the top 10 in points and yards the last two. This season, the Seahawks ranked first in the NFL in points allowed (15.3), fourth in yards (306.2), and tied for fourth in takeaways (31).

UF's Dan Quinn is headed to Seattle. (Photo: David Carr, Independent Florida Alligator)

UF’s Dan Quinn is headed to Seattle. (Photo: David Carr, Independent Florida Alligator)

Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will return to Seattle to replace Bradley as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator.

Quinn was the Seahawks’ defensive line coach prior to joining Will Muschamp’s staff. He just completed his second season for the Gators.

The Gators ranked fifth total defense (286.7 yards per game), fifth in scoring defense (14.5 points per game), and fourth in rushing defense (94.5 yards per game) this season.

In 2011, Quinn led a Gator defense that ranked eighth nationally in total defense (299.5 yards per game), seventh in passing defense (166.8 yards per game) and second in third-down defense (27.12 percent).

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