Florida defensive line coach Bryant Young resigns

After serving two years as assistant defensive line coach for the Florida Gators, former 14-year NFL veteran Bryant Young has decided to resign from his post with the team.

Florida announced Young’s resignation on Wednesday afternoon, noting that he is stepping away from the program “for non-football 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 school release.

“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,” he continued.

“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 [Will] 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.”

Young was a member of Muschamp’s original coaching staff and served as a defensive line coach (specializing on defensive tackles) alongside then-defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Quinn left to become defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks after the 2012 season and now Young has decided to move on as well.

“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,” Muschamp said. “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.”

Young spent all 14 of his NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers where he was coached by Quinn. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection, four-time NFL All-Pro, Super Bowl XXIX champion and the league’s Comeback Player of the Year in 1999.

It is unlikely that the Gators hire a replacement for Young as Muschamp brought in Brad Lawing as the team’s new assistant head coach and defensive line coach in January. However, Florida does now have a coaching spot open on the roster. Muschamp could hire someone to coordinate special teams as those duties are currently being handled by the coaching staff as a whole.

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9 Responses to “Florida defensive line coach Bryant Young resigns”

  1. Aaron says:

    It’s crazy. Alabama can boast a #1 defense for 5 straight years and never loose a coach. And we’re loosing coaches every year.

    • Gatorgrad79 says:

      When you’re at the top and being paid top scale, why would you want to leave (unless offered a head coach job)

  2. Nathaniel says:

    Adam, I just don’t get this at all. Clearly players are taking to Twitter to voice their displeasure. What on Earth could’ve caused this right after the Orange and Blue game? Muschamp is known for his quick decision making and cool-headedness on these issues, but surely this caught him off guard. I don’t get it.

  3. Tractorr says:

    I saw this coming. I asked awhile back who was going to be the special teams coordinator and one was never named. 2 D-line coaches and no special teams coordinator makes no sense. Young has either been planning on leaving or was asked to leave, and the hiring of Lawling confirms this.

  4. Ken (CA) says:

    He isn’t that old, so it doesn’t seem like it would be a retirement thing, “Family reasons” is usually a term for being let go for whatever reason, although the defense did extremely well last year, especially the line. Unless he has a couple of kids that he would like to spend a couple of years with before they leave the nest, seems an odd decision, especially since most hires/fires have occurred at this point, and probably not a lot open for next season at this point in time

  5. Donnie W says:

    Ken, I believe he has 6 children. Can’t blame him for stepping down. Hope he enjoys his time with his family.

  6. Rusty says:

    As the mighty prophet Lawrence Wright proclaimed in 1996 “if you ain’t a Gata you mus be Gata bait!”