South Florida finalizing deal with Clemson's Jeff Scott

Ruben Hill
December 9, 2019

The University of South Florida is reportedly finalizing a deal to bring Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott to USF as the new head coach.

Other candidates that USF thought about for the job included Florida tight ends coach Larry Scott and former coaches Jim Leavitt and Willie Taggart. However, he went 4-14 in the past 18 games and they made a decision to pull the trigger on a new head coach.

Scott previously wanted the USF job dating back to December 2016 when Taggart exited for OR, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The 38-year-old is finalizing a deal with South Florida, The Athletic's Matt Fortuna reported early Monday morning, replacing Charlie Strong, who was sacked at the end of the season.

Scott is the son of former FSU and Clemson assistant and SC head coach Brad Scott.

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.

The most notable player to come through Jeff Scott's Clemson offense is current Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson.

Clemson is also averaging 45.2 points per game on offense in reaching the College Football Playoff for a fifth consecutive year. He's won Florida Press Club awards for sports feature and column writing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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