Josh Kendall

Brad Lawing ‘would have been interested’ in USC job. Instead he’s at another school

Brad Lawing is getting back into coaching, and rejoining another former member of South Carolina’s coaching staff.

Lawing will start Monday as the defensive line coach at Georgia State, where Shawn Elliott is entering his third season as head coach. Lawing and Elliott were both assistants under Steve Spurrier at South Carolina from 2010-2012, when Lawing left to take a job at Florida.

“I trust Shawn,” Lawing said. “I had no idea what (Georgia State) had going on until I went down there to talk to him. In my opinion, they have patterned themselves after Central Florida. It’s a neat opportunity. I will probably never reap the benefits of the final product because I’ll be too old, but I’m happy to help them get there.”

Lawing, 61, was out of coaching last season. His last stop was Florida State. He received his last paycheck from the Seminoles on Friday, he said.

“I was taking my time and one of Shawn’s defensive line coaches left,” Lawing said. “I met with him and he offered me the job.”

Lawing coached at South Carolina in 1998-1999 and again from 2006-2012, when he coached Jadeveon Clowney and Melvin Ingram. The Gamecocks filled a defensive line coach opening last month with John Scott Jr. of Arkansas.

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp did not contact Lawing about the Gamecocks’ position. Lawing worked as defensive line coach for Muschamp at Florida in 2013 and 2014.

“I would have been (interested), but I am older now and a lot of times guys aren’t into hiring older guys,” Lawing said. “That’s a head coach’s prerogative. I think Will’s fabulous. I think he’s going to do a great job at South Carolina.”

Despite his age, Lawing believes he has “another five or six years in me easy.”

“I still know how to recruit,” he said. “My last two cycles recruiting at Florida State, I signed two of the best defensive linemen in the country. My recruiting stuff is good to go. If anybody thinks I am done recruiting, good luck.”

Josh Kendall has covered SEC football for almost 20 years. He has covered the Gamecocks since the 2010 season. Have a question? Shoot him an email or find him on Twitter, and he’ll be happy to respond.