USF hires Jeff Scott as new head football coach
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Jeff Scott has been hired as the new USF Bulls head football coach. He replaces Charlie Strong, who was fired after the season.
This will be Scott’s first head coaching opportunity. Before this new appointment, he was the Clemson Tigers Co-Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers coach.
“Jeff is a very bright, enthusiastic and driven leader for our program and we are thrilled to welcome him to USF and back to Florida, where he was born and where he has recruited so well for Clemson for many years,” Kelly said. “He is a young and extremely gifted offensive mind, a developer of high-level talent and an elite national recruiter who brings the experience of having played an integral role from the beginning in helping to build one of the most successful programs in college football.
“We are thrilled that he and his wife, Sara, and their daughter, Savannah, are joining our Bulls family and will be part of the exciting future of USF football.”
Scott is the fifth head coach in program history. He will be introduced on campus on Wednesday.
Despite his hire, he is expected to remain with the Tigers through their end of the College Football Playoff.
“I have great respect for the USF football program and what has been accomplished in a very short time and can’t wait to get to work building on that foundation to produce a championship program,” Scott said “I am thankful to President Currall and Michael Kelly for this tremendous opportunity and their support and belief in me. It is difficult to leave my alma mater and the great program we have built at Clemson, but I believe we can do great things at USF. I am thankful to Coach Swinney and all the Clemson players and staff for the great experiences and lessons that have prepared me to lead USF football. Go Bulls!”
Scott — who was born in Arcadia, Florida — had been part of the Tigers coaching staff since the 2008 season. He began as their wide receivers coach, then moved to be their wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Then, in 2015, he was moved to the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Scott was part of the Presbyterian Blue Hose coaching staff as their wide receivers coach in 2007.
He began his coaching career with the Blythewood High School (South Carolina) Bengals during the 2006 season.