The University of South Florida fired head football coach Jeff Scott on Sunday after winning just four of his first 30 games with the program. Special teams coordinator Daniel Da Prato will serve as interim head coach. Here’s what you need to know:
Scott was 1-8 this season and 0-5 against conference opponents.
Only one of Scott’s four wins overall came against an FBS school (Temple) with the others coming against FCS competition (Citadel, Florida A&M and Howard).
Scott signed a five-year contract with USF worth $12.5 million in 2019 and then signed a two-year extension in January to continue through 2026.
Bulls defensive coordinator Bob Shoop was also fired Sunday.
Scott was hired in December 2019 after spending 11 years at Clemson under coach Dabo Swinney. He served as co-offensive coordinator during the Tigers’ 2016 and 2018 national title seasons.
After his rise at Clemson, Scott was hired by USF with hopes of sparking a program that had taken a step back under Charlie Strong. Strong, who was fired in 2019 after a four-win season, led the team to 17 wins and two bowl games in the two seasons prior.
In his place, Scott managed just four wins in three seasons. After winning his first game with the school in 2020, Scott wouldn’t get his second win until over a year later. His only win against an American Athletic Conference opponent came in 2021 against Temple.
Shoop, meanwhile, was in his first season at USF after previous defensive coordinating tenures at Vanderbilt, Penn State, Tennessee and Mississippi State.