Jeff Scott Fired: What Is Jeff Scott’s Buyout at 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 Nov 06, 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. Not even three years later, he was fired after spending the entire season on the college football hot seat.

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?

Only part of Jeff Scott’s buyout is known. If fired without cause, Jeff Scott is owed approximately $192,000 from the school. He’s due 20 weeks of his base salary ($500,000), which is approximately $192,000.

However, he might be due additional money per an agreement with the school’s foundation, the University of South Florida Foundation.

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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.