CLEMSON — When it came time to find a new offensive coordinator, Tommy
Bowden turned to a familiar face.
Brad Scott will assume the job formerly held by Rich Rodriguez, Bowden
announced Tuesday. Scott will begin his duties immediately, though he will
continue his normal recruiting schedule.
"This is a pretty easy transition," Bowden said. "Staff chemistry and
personality and things like that are very important, and you always have to
take that into consideration. Brad's got all the intangibles and qualities."
Bowden said he talked to several "good candidates" outside his own staff, but
refused to name any of them. In addition to Scott, current Clemson assistants
Rodney Allison and Rick Stockstill also have previous experience as offensive
Scott's coaching background includes four years as offensive coordinator
under Bobby Bowden at Florida State. His stint there included running an
offense very similar to the offense put together by Bowden and Rodriguez,
right down to the run-throw threat at quarterback the Seminoles had at the
time, Charlie Ward.
Scott also kept a hand in the offensive system and play-calling during his
five years as South Carolina's head coach.
He spent the past two seasons as Clemson's tight ends coach.
"I'm excited about it again," Scott said. "After two years you might say out
of the frying pan, I'm going into it again. I'm ready to get back into it and
maybe have a little more input into some of the things we're doing around
Scott takes over an offense that set a school record this season by averaging
445.6 yards per game. The early-season success Clemson had moving the
football via the running and passing of quarterback Woodrow Dantzler thrust
the junior into contention for the Heisman trophy.
After an 8-0 start the excitement waned somewhat, due to Dantzler's lingering
ankle injury and back-to-back losses to Georgia Tech and Florida State.
But both Bowden and Scott feel the offense has been a huge success, and plan
no major changes.
"I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but I'm not the dumbest guy either,"
Scott said. "We've got a pretty good thing going right now, and I don't think
it's my job to come in here and try to change anything. We're going to get
the team ready to play in a bowl game, we're going to look like the same
football team and hopefully play that same way."
The move of Scott to offensive coordinator takes care of all coaching
positions on Bowden's staff except for quarterback coach, a job Rodriguez
held in addition to running the offense.