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College football coaches entering Year Two facing defining campaigns in 2021 season

 

 

 

Jeff Scott, USF

2021 CBS Sports Coach Ranking: No. 11 in AAC (-1)

While Chad Morris got his first head coaching job after having success as Clemson's offensive coordinator, his profile is defined more by his Texas high school football roots than his association with the Dabo Swinney coaching tree. Scott, a former Clemson wide receiver who moved from graduate assistant to full-time wide receivers coach when Swinney was promoted to head coach in 2008, has been challenged with taking those lessons from his time with the Tigers and applying them in a way that can make USF a contender in the AAC. Unfortunately the performance on the field in 2020 revealed a great distance between where the team is and conference championship contention. 

USF won its first game of the year against The Citadel then lost eight straight to finish winless in AAC play. At times the 2020 season seemed like spring practice for this new coaching staff and a roster that's undergone plenty of turnover, with different personnel groupings (some of that injury and/or protocol related) and predictably inconsistent performances. But now that Scott has gotten a true spring and a full offseason, another year at the bottom of the conference is going to be a major disappointment. The Bulls need to find some wins against AAC foes to show proof of growth in this long-term plan to make USF a viable foe to Cincinnati and rival UCF.

 

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These eight coaches have a pivotal year ahead in the 2021 college football season

 

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1 hour ago, Brad said:

College football coaches entering Year Two facing defining campaigns in 2021 season

 

 

 
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Jeff Scott, USF

2021 CBS Sports Coach Ranking: No. 11 in AAC (-1)

While Chad Morris got his first head coaching job after having success as Clemson's offensive coordinator, his profile is defined more by his Texas high school football roots than his association with the Dabo Swinney coaching tree. Scott, a former Clemson wide receiver who moved from graduate assistant to full-time wide receivers coach when Swinney was promoted to head coach in 2008, has been challenged with taking those lessons from his time with the Tigers and applying them in a way that can make USF a contender in the AAC. Unfortunately the performance on the field in 2020 revealed a great distance between where the team is and conference championship contention. 

USF won its first game of the year against The Citadel then lost eight straight to finish winless in AAC play. At times the 2020 season seemed like spring practice for this new coaching staff and a roster that's undergone plenty of turnover, with different personnel groupings (some of that injury and/or protocol related) and predictably inconsistent performances. But now that Scott has gotten a true spring and a full offseason, another year at the bottom of the conference is going to be a major disappointment. The Bulls need to find some wins against AAC foes to show proof of growth in this long-term plan to make USF a viable foe to Cincinnati and rival UCF.

 

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These eight coaches have a pivotal year ahead in the 2021 college football season

 

 

I imagine the articles sentiment is shared by all of us. Time to shine for CJS and the Bull's

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Weeks 4 and 5 of the season are shaping up to be huge for Coach Scott as USF will likely enter that part of the schedule sitting  at 1-2 with ten straight FBS losses. Losing to SMU and Tulsa to open up AAC play (Week 4 and Week 5) would probably derail the season. I am looking forward to seeing how the team comes out when conference games begin.

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If CJS fails to meet expectations or show improvement is he fired, or is he in super duper hot water next year? Also, who was out there that could have been a better hire than Scott? Was Gus ever on our radar, or is our leadership stuck in the way of finding a “hot, new, unproven diamond in the rough of a coach”?

I am not speaking ill of CJS. He at least seems aware of his part in all of this, and has an idea on how he wants to try to improve this team. That seems more than his predecessors.

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7 minutes ago, Peatearpan said:

If CJS fails to meet expectations or show improvement is he fired, or is he in super duper hot water next year? Also, who was out there that could have been a better hire than Scott? Was Gus ever on our radar, or is our leadership stuck in the way of finding a “hot, new, unproven diamond in the rough of a coach”?

I am not speaking ill of CJS. He at least seems aware of his part in all of this, and has an idea on how he wants to try to improve this team. That seems more than his predecessors.

He could go defeated this year and we wouldn’t be able to even consider doing more than giving him a stern talking to. We need CJS to succeed, which is probably why we should have picked a more sure fire option. That same link has Gus ranked 3rd while CJS has dropped from 10th to 11th (lucky for us Wichita State didn’t start a program this offseason or he would have dropped to 12th).
Just win, it’s not that hard and half the teams in college football manage to do it every given week (unlike the rest of Dabo’s coaching line, CJS’ dad and shockingly enough CJS). CJS may in fact have a 5 year plan towards success and may one day prove to be a decent coach but we don’t have that kind of time and he needs to demonstrate something sooner than later.
I know people think it’s entirely CCS’ fault for the team that he left CJS but if that’s true we have had quite a bit of turnover already so it maybe time to have some of these better* players start producing more than the players they are replacing. 
 

*better as defined by hopes and dreams and not corroborated by any recruiting rankings which seem to indicate that CJS is about as good at recruiting as he is at gameday coaching and hiring coordinators  

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41 minutes ago, puc86 said:

We need CJS to succeed, which is probably why we should have picked a more sure fire option.

Not really sure that, in reality, there's such a thing as a sure fire option, which means you really can't have a more sure fire option .....

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13 minutes ago, Triple B said:

Not really sure that, in reality, there's such a thing as a sure fire option, which means you really can't have a more sure fire option .....

If you have been successful before you are more likely to be successful again and if you come from a coaching tree that demonstrated past success you are more likely to be successful. CJS is known as the second best OC Clemson had on staff and the last best OC from Clemson to be a head coach is now doing so at a HS. There are definitely better indicators for success vs failure and CJS unfortunately checks ones that are more likely to lead to the results he is giving us. Can there be outliers? Absolutely! But we shouldn’t rely on them and if not for coaching in the ACC CJS wouldn’t have been the the horse we would have bet the program on.

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Just win a couple more games and things will be fine. I don’t see him getting fired even if he goes 0fer, but I don’t think that will happen. We might not be Bama this year, but 4-6 shouldn’t be a huge stretch. My wish is that if we can’t win out, at least we beat the in state foes.

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