Updating USC’s coaching shuffle has become a daily – sometimes hourly – task this offseason.
Was told today that Gamecocks defensive line coach Brad Lawing has had contact with Alabama about a defensive position on Nick Saban’s staff.
Saban had two defensive openings after Kevin Steele left for Clemson and Lance Thompson went to Tennessee, although the Mobile Register reported Tuesday that Carolina Panthers defensive line coach Sal Sunseri has taken one of the two jobs.
The source said Lawing has not had any formal talks with Alabama, but added Lawing would be a strong candidate if interested. The 51-year-old Lawing worked for Saban at Michigan State in 1999 during Saban’s final season in East Lansing.
Lawing and Sunseri worked together at Michigan State in 2001 under Bobby Williams, who succeeded Saban with the Spartans. Sunseri joined the Panthers the following year, while Lawing went to North Carolina in 2003 before joining Steve Spurrier’s staff in 2006.
A voicemail left with Lawing was not immediately returned.
Spurrier has hired five coaches since Jan. 6 and might be in the market for another if tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Ray Rychleski gets the Colts job he interviewed for.
If Rychleski leaves, I’m told Spurrier might hire Jeep Hunter, the former Memphis and Georgia Tech assistant who was up for the RBs job that went to Jay Graham. Hunter could handle tight ends, Shane Beamer could take over special teams and new safeties coach Lorenzo Ward could oversee the entire secondary.