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South Florida fires Jeff Scott as coach after 4-26 record in third season leading Bulls

South Florida fires Jeff Scott as coach after 4-26 record in third season leading Bulls


South Florida fired coach Jeff Scott on Sunday after the Bulls lost temple, 54-28, a day earlier. Special teams coach Daniel Da Prato will take over on an interim basis. Scott was 4-26 in three years at USF with seven straight losses and an overall record of 1-8 in 2022.

“When Jeff arrived in Tampa in December 2019, we had high expectations for where he could take our football program,” said athletic director Michael Kelly. “While he did so many things right, including rebuilding our culture, boosting our indoor performance facilities and engaging our community, the results on the field fell far short. below our standards. He is an excellent person and class and we wish him, Sara, Savannah and Hunter the best in the future.”

Scott’s run at the helm of the Bulls began during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when he went 1-8 with the only win in his first game, a 27-6 win. The Citadel. South Florida went 2-10 the following season with wins Florida A&M and Temple — Scott’s only win over an FBS opponent. The Bulls crowned Howard on September 10 for his only win of the 2022 season.

“I would like to thank our players, coaches and staff for all of their hard work during my time as USF’s head coach,” Scott said. “I especially want to thank USF President Rhea Law and Vice President/Director of Athletics Michael Kelly for giving me the incredible opportunity to lead the football program the past three years. I will miss this team and I will do everything in my power to help them in the future. I am disappointed that our hard work has not translated into more success on the field, but I am confident that we have established a new foundation. I know that the The future of USF football is bright and that my family and I always will be. We remember our time at USF as a very special chapter in our lives.”

Scott received a two-year extension in January despite the lack of success in Tampa. He was hired by South Florida after spending the previous 12 seasons on Dabo Swinney’s staff in Clemson where he was part of two national championship teams (2016, 2018). Scott was Clemson’s co-offensive coordinator from 2015-19 when he coached star quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence.

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