Less than 24 hours after losing an assistant coach with strong ties to the state of Florida, Dan Mullen replaced him with a coach who has a similar background Thursday.
The Gators’ new tight ends coach is Larry Scott, a Florida native who played college football at the University of South Florida and has coached at USF and Miami. He replaces Ja’Juan Seider, a holdover from the Jim McElwain staff who was retained by Mullen, but has decided to pursue another coaching opportunity. Seider was named running backs coach at Penn State earlier today.
“We are excited to have someone of Coach Scott’s coaching experience and background in the state of Florida,” Mullen said. “Larry will do a great job coaching our tight ends, which is one of the most important positions on our staff based on how we utilize that position and the flexibility they have within our offense.”
Scott spent the past two seasons on Butch Jones’ staff at Tennessee, where he was the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach this past season. In 2016, he was the Vols’ special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.
Before going to UT, Scott was the tight ends coach at Miami from 2013-15. He served as the Hurricanes’ interim head coach for the final six games of the 2015 season, going 4-2 and leading UM to a berth in the Sun Bowl.
Scott began his college coaching career at USF in 2005. Over the course of his eight years at his alma mater, he coached the offensive line, tight ends and running backs and also was the Bulls’ lead recruiter.
Scott played offensive line for the Bulls, graduating from USF in 2000.