Geoff Scott was fired as USF head football coach midway through his third season with the Bulls. school announced sunday. The USF hired Scott from Clemson in early 2020 after 12 years on the Tigers’ coaching staff. He leaves USF with a 4-26 overall record after almost three years in charge of the program, including a 1-19 mark in conference play. Three of his four career wins have been against FCS programs. Special teams coordinator Daniel Da Prato has been named interim coach for the remainder of the 2022 season.
“When Jeff arrived in Tampa in December 2019, we had high hopes for where he could take our football program,” USF Athletic Director Michael Kelly said. “Despite the fact that he did so many things right, including restoring our culture, moving our performance hall forward, and engaging our community, the results on the field were far below our standards. He is an amazing person and class personality and we wish him, Sarah, Savannah and Hunter all the best for the future.
“In the coming days, I will share information about our search for a new head coach. Right now we are focusing on talented young people in our football program.”
The USF also announced that defensive coordinator and safety coach Bob Shoop had been fired and defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Ernie Sims would take over the Bulls’ defense.
“I would like to thank our players, coaches and staff for all of their hard work during my tenure as USF head coach,” Scott said in a statement. “I especially want to thank USF President Rhea Lowe and VP/Director of Athletics Michael Kelly for giving me the incredible opportunity to lead the football program for the past three years. I will miss this team and will do everything in my power to help them. in future. I’m disappointed that our hard work hasn’t led to more success on the field, but I’m sure we’ve laid a new foundation. I know the future of USF football is bright and my family and I will always remember our time at USF as a special chapter in our lives.”
For more information on Scott’s dismissal from USF and the upcoming search for a coach, visit Bulls247.com.
The USF’s 54-28 loss at Temple on Saturday was his seventh in a row. During that time, the Bulls lost six games by double figures. They didn’t come close to winning as they lost 31-28 on the road against Florida in Week 3.
USF’s only win this year came in the second week against FCS Howard.
“I told the team in the dressing room that more than anything in my life I want them to succeed,” Scott said after Saturday’s game. “Every time you see a group of guys who have not given up, who have been through a lot, you want to do everything you can for them. we have to succeed, and it’s not working… In the next 24 hours, I’m going to do a lot of soul-searching.”
The USF hired Scott in December 2019, and at 38, he has become the youngest head coach in the AAC — and one of the youngest in the entire country.
He led the Bulls to a 1-8 record in his first year at the helm and had a slightly better campaign in 2020, going 2-10 and earning the first and only AAC win of his career since beating Temple 34-14. The Bulls also played No. 15 BYU on the road, losing only eight points and nearly upsetting rival UCF in the regular season finale.
Scott left for USF after ten plus years as an assistant coach at Clemson. He was hired as a wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2008 and was hired in Dabo Sweeney when he became interim head coach that same year.
Scott was named Joint Offensive Coordinator in 2015 while retaining his duties as a coach across a wide range of receivers. He shared coordinator duties with the running coach. Tony Elliottwho is currently the head coach of the Virginia.
A former wide receiver and special teams ace at Clemson, Scott’s coaching career began in 2006 when he was named head coach at Blywood High School, South Carolina. He broke into the college football ranks in 2007 when he was hired as a receiving coach at Presbyterian, an FCS program in South Carolina.