Will Muschamp hires Gators linebacker, strength assistant Mike Peterson away from Florida

By Adam Silverstein
January 26, 2016

New South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp is finally done building his staff, which is filled with former Florida Gators ties, the last of which also being a former UF player.

Former Gators linebacker Mike Peterson, who has been working in Florida’s weight room since joining the program under Muschamp, has been hired away from his alma mater to serve as outside linebackers coach at South Carolina.

“Mike’s another great example for our student-athletes at the University of South Carolina for what he’s accomplished,” Muschamp said in a statement released by the program. “He played at a high level and demonstrated great character and class throughout the time that we worked together at Florida. His vast NFL experience and knowledge of our schemes will complement our staff.”

The move will make Peterson, a 14-year NFL veteran, an on-field football coach for the first time as he looks to work his way up the coaching ranks into a career in the business.

“I love everything about him. I love the passion he brings to the game,” Peterson told OnlyGators.com of Muschamp in April 2011. “[I’m] loving that he’s a defensive-minded guy. I’m all for him, man.”

Others on Muschamp’s staff that once coached for the Gators include Gamecocks co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper (offensive coordinator at Florida), defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson (defensive backs coach) and special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler (same position).

Muschamp finished 28-21 in four seasons at Florida, though outside of his 11-2 campaign in 2012, his record was a combined 17-19 the other three years.

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