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 | ]
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, 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.