April 6, 2013; Gainesville FL, USA; A detail view of Florida Gators wide receiver Solomon Patton (83) helmet during the spring practice for the Orange and Blue Deput at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bryant Young, Florida Gators Defensive Line Coach, Resigns To Spend More Time With Family

The Florida Gators have an unexpected hole on their coaching staff after defensive line coach Bryant Young announced that he will be resigning from his position with the team. Young had done an incredible job with the Gators defensive line, but he informed the team and head coach Will Muschamp of his decision on Wednesday.

Young released a statement through the university:

“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. 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. 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 Muschamp and will also miss the dedicated staff at this University.”

Under Young’s direction, the Florida rush defense ranked in the top five in the nation. Young worked primarily with the defensive tackles, the position he spent 14 seasons playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

As you would expect, Muschamp released a statement of his own on Young’s departure. It read:

“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. 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.”

You have to respect Young for putting his family first and wanting to be there for his family. He may be a heck of a football coach, but his willingness to put family first shows that he is also one heck of a man that has his priorities in order.

Best of luck to Young in the future.

As far as the vacancy on Muschamp’s coaching staff, he should have no problem finding a capable and willing coach to step up and help the Gators defense.

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