South Florida finalizing deal with Clemson's Jeff Scott

South Florida finalizing deal with Clemson's Jeff Scott

South Florida named former Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott as the new head football coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because an agreement has not yet been reached.

Scott, who co-led the Clemson offense with Tony Elliott, is the first departure from Clemson's offensive staff since Chad Morris took over the SMU program in December 2014.

Florida tight ends coach Larry Scott also was considered for the job. Brad, now Clemson's director of football player development, projects to make the move with his son.

Jeff Scott was hired as wide receivers coach by Clemson in 2008 and quickly became recruiting coordinator, too. Scott grew up in Florida while his father, Brad, was an assistant on Bobby Bowden's Florida State staff.

South Florida is replacing Charlie Strong, who was sacked earlier this month after he went 21-16 in three seasons but had a 4-14 record over the Bulls' past 18 games.

USF, in the American Athletic Conference, won double-digit games in back-to-back seasons from 2016-17 under Willie Taggart then Strong.

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