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USF football coach Jeff Scott gets contract extension

Scott is 3-18 since taking over the Bulls in December 2019.
USF coach Jeff Scott is entering his third season with the Bulls.
USF coach Jeff Scott is entering his third season with the Bulls. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 4
Updated Jan. 4

USF football coach Jeff Scott has received a two-year contract extension, the Bulls announced Tuesday. His deal runs through the 2026 season.

Scott is entering a pivotal third year after going 3-18 in his first two. He has, however, shown signs of progress after finishing 1-8 in his first season amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The incoming transfer class is regarded as the best in the nation, according to 247Sports.

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The Bulls’ football facilities are also improving. USF renovated the locker room last year and broke ground on an indoor practice facility. The program is also pushing for an on-campus stadium and a football operations center.

Scott’s original five-year deal was worth $12.5 million. His extension is part of a department-wide push for stability. All 14 head coaches, USF announced Tuesday, are under contract through at least 2023. That includes men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory (through 2025-26), women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez (2026-27) and softball coach Ken Eriksen (2026).

“When I observe all of the recent turnover in college sports and the frequent turnover in USF athletics historically, it is my belief that USF’s best path forward to success is through continuity and stability in as many leadership positions as possible,” athletic director Michael Kelly said in a statement. “Attracting and maintaining head coaches that view USF as a destination job and who are fully committed to the vision we have for the next few years is critical.

“We have been through a lot together which has made us stronger as a department and gives me confidence for the future.  I believe in these head coaches and I believe in the young women and men that they have recruited to Team USF.  Together, we will achieve great things.”

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