Could Bulls lose assistant Scott to LSU?
Interesting report from Rivals/Yahoo!'s Tom Dienhart, who put a post on Twitter.com on Thursday afternoon saying that an unnamed source had told him that USF assistant Larry Scott was interviewing for the tight ends job at LSU.
Scott, a former USF offensive lineman, has emerged as arguably the Bulls' top recruiter in the past two seasons, helping USF land top targets such as Kayvon Webster, Terrence Mitchell and Todd Chandler, among others. Losing him, even to an elite national program like LSU, would be a significant blow to USF's recruiting efforts.
Scott, 33, started at USF in 2005 as director of high school relations, then spent a year as a graduate assistant, and was promoted by Jim Leavitt to tight ends coach in 2007. Last year, he was named co-offensive line coach with Mike Simmonds, and he was one of two assistants (so far) retained as part of Skip Holtz's staff, though it's unknown whether he would stay with the offensive line or go back to coaching tight ends.
LSU has an opening because its tight ends coach, Don Yanowsky, left to be part of Larry Porter's new staff at Memphis. The move would likely result in a significant raise for Scott, who made $120,000 at USF last season. All but one of LSU's nine assistants (Yanowsky, at $155,000) made at least $200,000 last year, according to USA Today.
Scott could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday afternoon. Holtz is expected to finalize his coaching staff, including positional responsibilities, by Monday.
-- Good read from SI.com's Andy Staples, who was granted access to Holtz and USF assistants before and during national signing day last week.
-- Big news from Orlando, where Central Florida has been placed by the NCAA on two years of probation and other self-imposed restrictions for recruiting violations, including hundreds of improper phone calls and text messages to recruits. Here's the Orlando Sentinel's coverage.
-- Good interview with Stan Heath on SNY.tv, including Heath on next year's team and incoming players.
-- USF guard Dominique Jones has a big photo in this week's Sports Illustrated (page 24), and you can read George Dohrmann's feature (slightly different from the one online earlier this week) here.