Jeff Scott has been named head coach for the University of South Florida, USF announced Monday. Scott has served as co-offensive coordinator under Dabo Swinney dating back to the 2015 season. From 2008-14, Scott served as Swinney’s recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. Scott will remain with Clemson through the College Football Playoff as the Tigers try to repeat as national champions.
Under Scott and Tony Elliott, Clemson’s offense has produced multiple NFL stars and smashed a number of school records. For instance, this season, running back Travis Etienne became the first Clemson running back to rush for 1,500 yards in consecutive seasons. Clemson has also scored 50 or more points in seven games and is averaging 7.51 yards/play. Since Scott and Elliott took over for Chad Morris, the Tigers have averaged 46.5 points/game (2019), 44.3 points/game (2018), 33.3 points/game (2017), 39.2 points/game (2016) and 38.5 points/game (2015). The top three offensive seasons in school history have come with Scott as co-offensive coordinator. Clemson also won national titles in 2016 and 2018.
Swinney issued a statement about Scott’s move to USF, “I first want to thank Jeff Scott for a wonderful 12 years. I’m happy for him and his wife, Sara, and his daughter, Savannah, and I’m so appreciative of all their family has meant to us over the last 12 years. We’re going to miss them tremendously. Operationally, Jeff will be serving as the head coach at USF for the next week before rejoining us the latter part of next week and remaining with us for the duration of our College Football Playoff run. Our team is excited that he’ll have the opportunity to finish our 2019 season with us. Jeff has been with me since day one when I became interim. He’s somebody I trust immensely and he’s extremely loyal. He’s been patient for the right opportunity, and I think this is that right opportunity. He’s got a great AD in Michael Kelly. It’s a great fit for Jeff and I know that he’s well-prepared to take this next step and has all the tools he needs to be a great head coach. It’s been a real joy to watch Jeff grow and develop and work side-by-side with him. He’s done an amazing job representing Clemson, representing the program, coaching our wide receivers and coordinating our offense. His leadership has been a big part of our success, and we will always appreciate his contribution to our program.”