Who will replace Jeff Scott as the NFL football coach?

USF He is looking for a new football coach after the sacking of Jeff Scott on Sunday. So who’s next for the bulls?

Let’s talk about some real-life candidates and some long shots:

Related: NFL coach Jeff Scott fired after three seasons

Jackson State coach Dion Sanders

Jackson State football coach Deon Sanders likely has Power Five mentors. [ ROGELIO V. SOLIS | AP ]

We’ll start here because many USF fans (And at least one former playerThey raised the legend of Florida State and the NFL. He will be a dynamic recruiter and will bring the needs of the bustling USF to stand out in a professional market. He’s also 24-5 (9-0 this year) in three seasons at Jackson State. But we can’t see him leaving the HBCU for anything other than the Power Five job.

Former Houston/Texas coach Tom Hermann

Tom Hermann failed in Texas but won in Houston.
Tom Hermann failed in Texas but won in Houston. [ CHARLIE NEIBERGALL | AP ]

The Bulls have already failed with a former Longhorns coach (Charlie Strong), but Hermann is interesting and thinks he’s interested in the job. His 22-4 assignment at AAC in Houston included a Peach Bowl victory over FSU. He is working as an analyst for CBS Sports this season.

Former NFL coach Jim Levitt

Jim Levitt is the most successful (and controversial) coach in Bulls history.
Jim Levitt is the most successful (and controversial) coach in Bulls history. [ Times (2002) ]

Part of the Bulls fan base will demand Levitt, who coached the program from its first game until its controversial exit after the 2009 season. He took the Bulls to five ball games and second place in the country in 2007, but it’s hard to see the USF returning to that well. He has not been a head coach since the Bulls fired him after concluding that he had hit a player and interfered with the school’s investigation.

Scott Frost, former UCF/Nebraska coach

Scott Frost turned things around at another school for the American Mathematical Conference.
Scott Frost turned things around at another school for the American Mathematical Conference. [ NATI HARNIK | AP ]

Like Hermann, he failed at the Power Five but dominated AAC. Just ask the riders what national title they have been claiming since 2017. The idea of ​​training Frost on a UCF competitor is interesting.

Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken

Todd Monken was Buck's assistant under James Winston and is Georgia's No. 1 offensive coordinator.
Todd Monken was Buck’s assistant under James Winston and is Georgia’s No. 1 offensive coordinator. [ Times (2017) ]
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The former Bucs assistant helped the Bulldogs win them all last year and took over the Southern Miss from 1-11 to 9-5 as their head coach. Does this job interest him?

Indiana coach Tom Allen

Indiana coach Tom Allen has a better job than the NFL, but Hoose is going through a tough season.
Indiana coach Tom Allen has a better job than the NFL, but Hoose is going through a tough season. [ DOUG MCSCHOOLER | AP ]

No, we can’t imagine Allen leaving the Big Ten job for the Bulls. But if things go south in Indiana – he’s 3-6 this season and 1-5 in the Conference – he might go south to the USF. He was the defensive coordinator for the Bulls in 2015 and He began his coaching career in Hillsborough County at the defunct Christian high school, Temple Heights.

Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham

Kenny Dillingham of Oregon is another candidate the Power Five is likely to pursue.
Kenny Dillingham of Oregon is another candidate the Power Five is likely to pursue. [ SEAN MEAGHER | oregonlive.com ]

The former FSU assistant has ties to the state and is seen as a rising star in the profession. We expect the Arizona native to be in the mix for a Sun Devils job, although he may need to start his main coaching career in the Group of Five.

Florida State Attack Coordinator Alex Atkins

Alex Atkins revamped FSU's historically poor offensive line.
Alex Atkins revamped FSU’s historically poor offensive line. [ RYALS LEE, JR. | Courtesy of FSU athletic department ]

Like Dillingham, Atkins is a promising young assistant linked as a future head coach after rebuilding a historically poor offensive streak. His name was mentioned in Charlotte’s research, but the USF would be a step ahead of that.

Tennessee Offensive Coordinator Alex Golish

Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golish is a key figure in the Volunteer Breakthrough Season.
Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golish is a key figure in the Volunteer Breakthrough Season. [ WADE PAYNE | AP ]

Golesh was involved in one of the best crimes in years, helping volunteers with a breakthrough season. He was also the joint offensive coordinator for Josh Heupel at UCF in 2020, so he has some history in the state and in the conference.

Penn State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz

Would former Miami coach Manny Diaz be interested in returning to Florida?
Would former Miami coach Manny Diaz be interested in returning to Florida? [ CHRIS SEWARD | AP ]

He was the 2017 Miami defensive engineer but was fired after leading 21-15 in three seasons as the head coach of the Hurricanes. The Miami native and FSU graduate have connections across the state. Will it generate enough buzz and win for the Bulls that need both?

Former Florida coach Dan Mullen

Dan Mullen led the Florida Gators to three of the six New Year's games before launching in the fourth year.
Dan Mullen led the Florida Gators to three of the six New Year’s games before launching in the fourth year. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

We don’t expect Mullen to stay in his role as an ESPN analyst for long. We also wonder if his eyes are on bigger jobs.

Former Memphis and Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente

Justin Fuente, left, did well in Memphis before being fired at Virginia Tech.
Justin Fuente, left, did well in Memphis before being fired at Virginia Tech. [ MONICA HERNDON | Times (2017) ]

Like Frost and Hermann, Fuente succeeded at AAC (19-6 in his last two years with one conference title) but failed at the Power Five. Unlike Frost, he does not have any obvious relationships in Tampa or Florida.

Toledo Joint Offensive Coordinator Robert Weiner

Robert Weiner, a former Plant High coach, knows this area and has a talent for recruiting.
Robert Weiner, a former Plant High coach, knows this area and has a talent for recruiting. [ Times ]

He has trained Plant High in four state championships, so he is well known among area coaches. He’s in his third season with the Rockets (who finished October with one of the top 25 goal-scoring offenses in the country) and is considered one of the best recruits in the Mid-America Conference. Weiner also briefly took a job on the USF team in 2013 before changing his mind.

Howard coach Larry Scott

Howard coach Larry Scott helped build USF from the ground up.
Howard coach Larry Scott helped build USF from the ground up. [ NICK WASS | AP ]

The Sebring native was a member of the Bulls’ inaugural recruiting class, worked at Tampa Freedom High and Wharton High, and was an assistant to the USF from 2005-12. He was also an assistant coach for the Gators and temporary Miami in 2015, so he’s well established in the state. But he is only 6-16 years old since he took over Howard in 2020.

Former Florida coach Urban Mayer

Urban Meyer is a Fox Sports Analyst now, but we're obligated to mention him as a potential coaching candidate.
Urban Meyer is a Fox Sports Analyst now, but we’re obligated to mention him as a potential coaching candidate. [ PAUL SANCYA | AP ]

Mandatory inclusion because we were asked about the three-time national champion. It seems highly unlikely that the Bulls would hire him after a turbulent period with the Jacksonville Jaguars or that his ego would allow him to take the job.

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