The Florida Gators have lost yet another coach on the defensive side of the ball. This time it happens to be defensive line coach Bryant Young. According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN, Young has made the decision to leave the team due to personal reasons.
"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," Young said in a statement. "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."
Florida fans have heard another coach say the exact same thing over the years.
Young joined the Gators coaching staff when head coach Will Muschamp took over the team, as he originally coached the defensive line of San Jose State. He worked closely with Dan Quinn on the defense, who has also recently left the team after being offered a defensive coordinator job by the Seattle Seahawks.
Muschamp was then forced to shake up the staff by promoting linebacker coach D.J. Durkin to defensive coordinator, and he somehow managed to snag Brad Lawing from South Carolina. It was Lawing who was expected to work with Young this season in replace of Quinn.
Now it looks like Muschamp has a little bit more work to do before the season begins.
According to the report, Muschamp says this is strictly a personal decision and it has nothing to do with the alleged scandal that has involved the Gators head coach.
"We are very thankful for coach Young's contributions to the program and I respect his decision," Muschamp said in a statement. "This is strictly a personal decision and has nothing to do with NCAA compliance, but just an opportunity to evaluate his future path."
To make such a decision with spring practice set to wrap up and the regular season right around the corner, you can only hope everything is okay with the Young family. It is now up to the rest of the coaching staff to pull another rabbit out of the hat and find a solid replacement for the promising defensive line coach.
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