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Florida Hires Former Vols Assistant Larry Scott

Larry Scott

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On Wednesday, reports surfaced that Florida tight ends coach Ja’Juan Seider would be leaving Gainesville to join James Franklin’s staff at Penn State.

Less than 24 hours later, Florida found Seider’s replacement.

Dan Mullen announced the hiring of former Tennessee assistant and Miami interim coach Thursday morning. Scott served as tight ends coach at Miami from 2013-2015 and was named the interim head coach in October of 2015 when Al Golden was fired. Former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones hired Scott in 2016 as tight ends coach. In 2017, Jones promoted Scott to offensive coordinator.

The 2017 Volunteer offense was putrid, finishing last in the conference in both scoring and total offense, resulting in the firing of Butch Jones. Larry Scott was not retained by new head coach Jeremy Pruitt. He updated his Twitter profile earlier today, changing his handle from “@UTCoachLSCott” to “@UFCoachLScott” and posting a few Gators’ themed photos to his account.

Larry Scott has deep roots in Florida. Scott was born in Sebring, Florida and played offensive tackle for the University of South Florida from 1996-1999. He joined the USF staff in 2006 holding various positions for the Bulls until 2012 before joining Miami, then, ultimately, Tennessee.

Mullen’s staff includes three former Tennessee assistants now: Scott and former defensive backs and special teams coach Charlton Warren, who was hired to the same positions, were both on the Tennessee staff last season. Sal Sunseri, who served one forgettable season as defensive coordinator under Derek Dooley in 2012, joined Mullen’s staff as a defensive line coach earlier this month.

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