ESPN reporting South Florida finalizing deal with Jeff Scott
|Monday, December 9, 2019, 8:59 AM-|
The report said the deal should be completed later on Monday for Scott to become the fifth head coach in USF history.
Other candidates that USF thought about for the job included Florida tight ends coach Larry Scott and former coaches Jim Leavitt and Willie Taggart.
He was a Broyles Award finalist for the nation's top assistant in 2018 and had been on Clemson's staff since promotion to a receivers coach role when Dabo Swinney took over 2008. Scott, a former Clemson player, also coached with Presbyterian College and Blythewood High School (S.C.), where he won a state title.
Scott has ties to Florida through his dad, Brad Scott, who coached high school football in the Sunshine State and then on Florida State’s staff from 1983-93.
USF athletic director Michael Kelly was a former associate commissioner of the ACC in football before joining the Playoff in 2012.
USF fired Charlie Strong recently after three seasons and going 21-16 in that span. However, he went 4-14 in the past 18 games and they decided to pull the trigger on a new head coach.
USF, in the American Athletic Conference, won double-digit games in back-to-back seasons from 2016-17 under Willie Taggart then Strong.
Clemson co-OC Jeff Scott finalized a 5-year deal Monday to become USF’s coach, sources told @Stadium. Scott will still coach in @CFBPlayoff, a source said. Since Scott & Tony Ellliott promoted to co-OCs in 2015, Clemson has made 5 consecutive playoffs & won 2 national titles— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 9, 2019
Jeff has extensive ties to the state + has done a terrific job recruiting athletes from Florida to Clemson. AD Michael Kelly also has longstanding ties to the ACC + CFP. We'll see how this impacts playoff preparations. https://t.co/DHAYjJcQTT— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) December 9, 2019
I'm told Jeff Scott wanted the #USF gig in December 2016 following Taggart's exit. Obviously, Bulls went in a different direction while Scott went to @RJStadium and helped lead Clemson to a national title a month later.— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) December 9, 2019
Sources: Jeff Scott is likely the next head coach at #USF, barring a last-minute change. Clemson co-OC has been a hot commodity. Bulls getting an up-and-coming coach.— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) December 9, 2019
Scott becomes the first of Clemson’s three in-demand coordinators to leave for a head coaching job, and the first assistant Dabo Swinney has lost since the end of the 2016 season.— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) December 9, 2019
Since Scott/Tony Ellliott were promoted to co-OC in 2015, the Tigers have made 5 straight CFPs.
Clemson with Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott as co-coordinators: 69-4 record, 40.2 points per game, 503 yards per game, 6.6 yards per play, 215 yards a game rushing, 288 passing, 66.3 completion percentage.— Tim Bourret (@TimBourret) December 9, 2019
Great Scott! #USF has found their new head football coach. Confirmed Dabo Swinney addressed Clemson Tigers players yesterday telling them that OC Jeff #Scott is leaving to become USF’s next head coach. Scott will remain with the Clemson Tigers through the playoffs. @USFFootball— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) December 9, 2019