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New Bulls coach Scott has solid 2020 class- more work to do

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Having just taken the USF job two months ago, former Clemson co-offensive coordinator, Jeff Scott, knew he had a lot of ground to make up in a short amount of time to build his firsrt recruiting class. And by most accounts, Scott and his new Bulls staff did a solid job for 2020.

Scott met with the media Wednesday afternoon after the Bulls second National Signing Day class was announced and had some interesting comments:

Scott made clear that the quarterback battle is already an open one and that will include, North Carolina transfer Cade Fortin coming in. Scott had previously recruited Fortin for Clemson out of Suwanee, Georgia, before he chose the Tar Heels. But now, they are re-united and the transfer has a great chance to win the job against USF part-time starter from last year, freshman Jordan McLeod.

Next, as this item laid out analyzing the Bulls class, a player to keep an eye on is defensive back Ben Knox from DeLand. At 6’2 with some coverage skills, Knox has a lot of promise for the USF secondary.

One example of a poor job, not just on the field (losing 14 of their last 18 games at the end of 2018 and all of 2019) that Charlie Strong and his staff had done with the Bulls, was the disaster of having virtually no players  from the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area for this USF class.

The Bulls traditionally have drawn numerous quallity players every year from the local high schools in the immediate area to help bolster their roster and succeed.

Scott and his staff were able to land a massive offensive lineman, Cesar Reyes, from Tampa Chamberlain High School, and he may end up starting as a freshman.

USF also locked up the commitment of Brian Beattie, a running back from Sarasota.

However, that was basically it.

On the point of the struggles of the past year and a half, Scott also made clear to the media Wednesday that he hasn’t watched a single play from the 2019 season, yet. And, that’s because recruiting was the priority, while he was still coaching Clemson in the College Football Playoff, and he wants to judge everyone with a clean slate ,starting now.

Clearly there is work to do as the USF class was ranked 9th in the American Conference by 24/7 Sports. However, Scott and his new players will also take that as incentive and as motivation to try to outperform that slight by the analysts.

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Report- Alabama will hire Charlie Strong as consultant

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Former USF coach Charlie Strong has decided on a new role for the upcoming 2020 season, and it won’t be in Gainesville.

ESPN college football insider Chris Low reported Tuesday morning that Strong has agreed to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama as a defensive “consultant” for this season

As we wrote last week, Strong had visited Saban and the Tide about the possible position on his staff, while considering a similar opportunity to join either Dan Mullen’s Gators staff or a couple of others in a consulting role. None of this will affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart.

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Former USF coach Strong to be consultant for Alabama?

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And intriguing item popped up Friday morning involving former USF head coach Charlie Strong and him visiting Nick Saban the Alabama football program.

According to Alabama Insider and radio host, Aaron Suttles, Strong, who was dismissed last December after his third season with the Bulls, was in Tuscaloosa Thursday meeting with Saban and his staff:

Strong had also been reportedly talking with the University of Florida about a possible consultant role, which likely would not affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart

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