Update- 12/9/20 at 4:51 p.m. ET:
It’s official. Jeff Scott will become the fifth head coach of USF football.
USF Vice President of Athletics in the official press release:
“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,” said Kelly. “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 will be formally introduced on Wednesday. Brett McMurphy has reported that his deal is five years. We’ll work to get more contract details later.
It appears that USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly has found the next leader of the USF football program.
Several reports surfaced on Sunday evening that Clemson Co-Offensive Coordinator Jeff Scott is set to be named the fifth head coach of USF football, filling the vacancy left by Charlie Strong who was fired one week ago.
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
Scott, a Florida native, has been a member of the Clemson coaching staff for 11 seasons. He joined the staff in 2008 as a graduate assistant and became the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator when Dabo Swinney became head coach. In 2015, he was promoted to Co-Offensive Coordinator with Tony Elliott while still coaching the wide receiver position. Scott has coached many great players with the Tigers, having nine wide receivers selected in the NFL draft, including three first round picks (Deandre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, and Mike Williams). For his work, he was named a finalist for the 2018 Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
In addition to his on-field coaching excellence, Scott has also impressed on the recruiting trail. He was labeled a top 25 recruiter by Rivals four times (2012, 2014, 2015, and 2018) and has also been named the ACC recruiter of the year by 247Sports and Rivals in 2018 and 2015 respectively.
Scott, who turns 39 on December 28th, has two years of head coaching experience, albeit at the high school level. He was hired by Blythewood High School in Blythewood, S.C. in 2005 at the age of 24. Blythewood only fielded a JV team in Scott’s inaugural season, and in his second season, the Bengals won the 3A state championship in just their first season of varsity competition.
While he is young, he has been around the game his entire life. Scott’s father Brad (a USF graduate himself) was a longtime assistant in the ACC (FSU and Clemson) and head coach at South Carolina from 1994-1998.