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Could USF’s Jeff Scott complete his staff with Clemson guys?

Expect the Bulls’ new coach to bring two or three assistants from his old employer
New USF coach Jeff Scott is remaining with Clemson, where he serves as co-offensive coordinator, through the College Football Playoff. Clemson faces Ohio State in one CFP semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl this afternoon. [David Grooms/CSM]
New USF coach Jeff Scott is remaining with Clemson, where he serves as co-offensive coordinator, through the College Football Playoff. Clemson faces Ohio State in one CFP semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl this afternoon. [David Grooms/CSM] [ DAVID GROOMS/CAL SPORT MEDIA | ZUMAPRESS.com ]
Published Dec. 28, 2019
Updated Dec. 28, 2019

His initial hiring announcements arrived in a five-day flurry. Between Dec. 20-24, new USF coach Jeff Scott formally brought a strength coach, both coordinators and four other assistants on board.

Then, almost abruptly, the announcements ceased. No new hires have been officially unveiled since Christmas Eve, when FIU offensive line coach Allen Mogridge was named to the same position on Scott’s staff. Three full days of radio silence, which stands to reason.

First, Scott’s been kinda busy tying up loose ends with his old employer (Clemson), which caps a pretty significant business trip this afternoon in Glendale, Ariz. Furthermore, there’s a chance he’ll bring some of his colleagues from his old job to fill out his USF staff when this business excursion ends.

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Scott still has four on-field assistants to hire, and it’s plausible at least three could hail from Clemson. Almost certain to join him in Tampa is former Tigers All-American defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, a Clemson defensive assistant and former Bucs second-round draftee.

Former Tigers defensive back Xavier Brewer, currently a Clemson graduate assistant, also has been mentioned. It’s not a stretch to envision Brewer coaching cornerbacks and FAU’s Wes Neighbors ― another name linked to the USF staff ― arriving to coach safeties.

Whomever Scott hires, expect them to be officially announced shortly after today’s Fiesta Bowl, regardless of how it turns out for the Tigers. If Clemson wins, it won’t play again until the Jan. 13 College Football Playoff championship, affording Scott time to complete his staff well before formal preparations for his third title game in four seasons.

USF Football Staff

Jeff Scott, head coach

Glenn Spencer, defensive coordinator/linebackers

Charlie Weis Jr., offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

Allen Mogridge, offensive line

Xavier Dye, receivers

Daniel Da Prato, special teams

Joey King, tight ends

Trumain Carroll, strength and conditioning