What Is Jeff Scott’s Buyout if Fired By South Florida?

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FILE - South Florida head coach Jeff Scott tries to fire up his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. South Florida plays BYU on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM Sep 15, 2022, 10:37 AM

When Dabo Swinney was named Clemson head coach midway through the 2008 season, Jeff Scott was named Swinney’s replacement as wide receivers coach. 

Scott remained in that position – and added co-offensive coordinator to his title seven years later – for 12 seasons until finally leaving to become head coach at USF in December 2019. Three years later, his long-term rebuild in Tampa is moving slowly, and he’s likely on the college football hot seat in 2022.

What is Jeff Scott USF Contract?

Jeff Scott signed a five-year deal on Dec. 9, 2019, worth $12 million, not including a $500,000 de facto signing bonus on Jan. 17, 2020.

His annual base salary is $500,000 with “supplemental compensation” of the following amounts due each year:

  • 2020: $1.3 million
  • 2021: 1.9 million
  • 2022: $2 million
  • 2023: $2.1 million
  • 2024: $2.2 million

(Scott took a pay cut in late 2020 – $70,000 total over the final three months – and the first half of 2021 – $180,000 total over the first three months.)

He signed a two-year extension in January 2022, one month after completing a two-win season, bringing his two-year record to 3-18. His contract now runs through Dec. 31, 2026, and includes the same $500,000 base salary but new amounts as supplemental compensation:

  • 2022: $1.9 million 
  • 2023: $2 million
  • 2024: $2.1 million
  • 2025: $2.2 million
  • 2026: $2.2 million

What is Jeff Scott’s Buyout?

If fired without cause, Jeff Scott is owed approximately $192,000.

That’s it. 

If fired without cause before the end of the contract, he’s due 20 weeks of his base salary ($500,000), which is approximately $192,000.

And if Scott gets a new job in which his base salary is greater than his USF base salary, the Bulls are off the hook for everyone. Even if his new job’s base salary is less than his USF base salary, they only have to pay the difference.

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.