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Five other things to know about new USF coach Jeff Scott

The Florida native’s coaching career at Clemson definitely outshined his playing one.
Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott during a game against Florida State on Oct. 12.
Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott during a game against Florida State on Oct. 12. [  JACOB KUPFERMAN | ZUMAPRESS.com ]
Published Dec. 9, 2019|Updated Dec. 9, 2019

Now that the proverbial plumes of smoke have risen from the Selmon Center, signaling that USF formally has hired Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott as its coach, we’ve dug up some additional notes/nuggets on this 38-year-old Florida native:

• Scott and his wife, Sara, both attended Clemson. They have a 4-year-old daughter, Savannah.

• Scott graduated from Hammond Academy, a pre-K through 12 college prep school in Columbia, S.C., before arriving at Clemson. He lettered three seasons (2000-02) as a wide receiver and special teams player (mainly a kick holder) for the Tigers. Though he totaled only three receptions in his Clemson career (according to sports-reference.com), he was named the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete and recipient of the Athletic Director’s Excellence Award in 2002.

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• Like Clemson boss Dabo Swinney, Scott’s open about his Christian faith. His Twitter bio features a Bible verse, and he has spoken about seeking spiritual direction regarding his coaching future.

“I’m a man of faith and so I’ve been able to look at my entire life, not just my career, and I’ve been able to see how the Lord has a plan and he’ll speak and he’ll let me know when’s the right time,” Scott told the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier two seasons ago when discussing his future.

• His younger brother, John, is a trauma surgeon and assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s medical school. He once started a flag football team in Rwanda while performing trauma research in that east African nation.

• He graduated cum laude from Clemson with a mathematics degree, earning President’s-List recognition (4.0 GPA) in 2001 and ’02. He earned a master’s degree in education instruction technology from American Intercontinental University in ’05.