At last count no few than five national media outlets are reporting that barring any last-minute hang-ups, Jeff Scott who has served as one of the key members of the successful staff at Clemson will be named the next head coach at the University of South Florida replacing Charlie Strong. The co-offensive coordinator for the Tigers will be bringing his up-tempo style of offense to the Bulls along with being one of the top recruiters in all of college football.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney addressed his players on Sunday, telling them that Scott was leaving to take the USF job. Scott will remain with the Clemson Tigers through the playoffs although he is expected to do some recruiting calls.
This is a bit of a homecoming for Scott because his father Brad grew up in Central Florida in Arcadia (where Jeff was born) and he was the offensive coordinator for coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State from 1983-1993. The elder Scott would be named the head coach at South Carolina but after four years there he was fired.
Scott has served under head coach Sweeny and in his time at his Alma mater, he has seen quite a bit of success. Clemson has won five straight ACC Championships and they have been part of five straight College Football Championship Playoffs winning two of them including one at Raymond James Stadium.
As a matter of fact,` many thought that Scott might get the Seminoles job that was vacated in November when Florida State fired former USF and Oregon coach Willie Taggart.
Scott began at Clemson in 2008 as a graduate assistant hired by Tommy Bowden. However, when Bowden left and Swinney was promoted to head coach, Scott was moved to the recruiting coordinator.
At the time he was also promoted to wide receivers coach and later named co-offensive coordinator prior to the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl when Chad Morris left Clemson to become the coach at SMU.
South Florida Athletic Director Michael Kelly promised he would have a coach in place by the December 18th early high school signing date and he was true to his word snagging one of the hottest young men in the coaching business.
There is a sad part to this story and that is the departure of coach Strong. He did the best job he could have done given with what he had to work with but losing badly the past two years gave South Florida little choice but let him go or risk falling further behind their rivals at Central Florida.
So expect an announcement and press conference introducing Scott as soon as tomorrow. Also, him to hit the expect him to hit the recruiting trail this week.