Florida DL coach Bryant Young resigns

April, 10, 2013
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After spending two seasons with Florida's football team, defensive line coach Bryant Young abruptly resigned Wednesday due to personal reasons, the school announced.

Here's what Young said in a statement released through the school Wednesday:
"After heavy consideration and giving over two decades to the game of football, I have made a personal decision to resign from my position at the University of Florida in order to pursue more time with my family," said Young. "I am humbled by and grateful for the opportunity I have had to positively influence the hardworking student-athletes and young men whom I will surely miss.

"However, I have come to the realization that it is time to invest more in my family during this fleeting season in life. I have truly loved my time being a Gator, enjoyed a great working relationship with Coach Muschamp and will also miss the dedicated staff at this University. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity and support I have received from Coach Muschamp, Jeremy Foley and the entire athletic department."

The four-time Pro Bowler played 14 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and spent most of his time coaching up the Gators' defensive tackles. Former South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing was hired to help coach Florida's defensive line in January after defensive coordinator Dan Quinn left to become the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. Quinn also coached up Florida's defensive ends.

The question now becomes whether Will Muschamp hires another coach to coach the interior linemen or if he'll leave Lawing to take over duties across the entire line. He'll also have to figure out a way to replace Young's recruiting skills.

Here's what Muschamp had to say about Bryant's departure:
"We are very thankful for Coach Young's contributions to the program and I respect his decision. This is strictly a personal decision and has nothing to do with NCAA compliance, but just an opportunity to evaluate his future path. "I always have and will continue to be very supportive of Coach Young and his family. Our entire staff will be there for him to provide any assistance and guidance in the future. We wish he and his family nothing but the best."

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