USF names Clemson assistant Jeff Scott to be new head football coach

USF Bulls

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(AP/WFLA) – The University of South Florida has officially announced Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott as the Bulls next head coach.

Scott will be introduced to the university and the Tampa Bay community on Wednesday on the USF campus. Details on the introductory press conference will be forthcoming.

In a statement USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly spoke about the excitement Scott is bringing to the program.

“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.”

Michael Kelly, USF Vice President of Athletics 

“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!”

Jeff Scott, New USF Head Football Coach

The Athletic was first to report Scott and USF were close to finalizing a deal.

Born in Arcadia, Scott has been a key figure in recruiting the talented student-athletes that have led Clemson’s ascendance to the top of college football.

Scott, 38, is the son of former South Carolina head coach Brad Scott and is a former Clemson player. He has spent most of his coaching career at Clemson under coach Dabo Swinney.

Jeff Scott was hired as wide receivers coach by Clemson in 2008 and quickly became recruiting coordinator, too. He was elevated to co-offensive coordinator in 2015, though quarterbacks coach Tony Elliott has handled playing call.

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