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Jeff Scott has been named as the new head football coach at the University of South Florida.

The selection of the Clemson co-offensive coordinator was announced Monday by Michael Kelly, USF's Vice President of Athletics. Scott will become the fifth football coach in USF's history.

After posting a 21-16 mark as the University of South Florida’s head football coach over three seasons, USF Athletic Director Michael Kelly said he made the “difficult” decision to fire Charlie Strong shortly after the Bulls’ 34-7 season-ending loss Saturday to Central Florida.

A 10-2 start in 2017, his first season as head coach, had University of South Florida football fans thinking that Charlie Strong was the answer. But a 7-6 second season followed by a 4-8 record this year led athletic director Michael Kelly to fire Strong Sunday afternoon.

While the University of South Florida football team celebrated its Homecoming with a come-from-behind 27-23 victory over BYU Saturday, the USF Athletics program also marked $2.5 million in donor gifts, including $2 million for an on-campus practice facility.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

The first thing you notice when you walk into Michael Kelly’s office in the Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center on the University of South Florida Tampa campus is a table full of football helmets.

“I’ve got to get a shelf,” the new Vice President of Athletics says with a smile.

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The University of South Florida has brought a former executive back to run its athletic department.

Michael Kelly has been named the new vice president of athletics. He previously served as associate athletic director for external affairs at USF from June 2001 - July 2002.