Taking a different approach

CLEMSON - After five decades in the business, Brad Scott called an end to his coaching career after his 12th season as an assistant at Clemson.

Scott, who retired as the Tigers' offensive guards and centers coach, coached at South Carolina, Florida State, The Citadel, DeSoto High School and Hardee Senior High School.

He also served as an assistant at DeSoto and Hardee before moving to The Citadel as a graduate assistant. After a year at each of those three schools, he returned to DeSoto as head coach. He accepted a graduate assistant position at South Florida after a year at DeSoto.

With the Seminoles, Scott coached tight ends, offensive linemen, coordinated recruiting efforts and coordinated the offense.

Scott spent 11 seasons in Tallahassee before taking over as head coach at South Carolina. In five seasons with the Gamecocks, he accumulated a record of 23-33-1.

At his final stop, Scott coached tight ends, offensive linemen and served as offensive coordinator for three seasons.

He's since stepped into an administrative role at Clemson. Right now, there's no title. The official role and title will be determined at a later date.

"I'm just executing the part of my contract that says I can be reassigned," Scott said. "And I've been reassigned in football, right now. Coach [Dabo] Swinney's first challenge for me— we've had this good recruiting class, now let's get them in to school…managing our signing class, and helping them is a big part of that."

Though he won't be permitted to recruit on the road, Scott will be heavily involved with the efforts on campus.

His efforts on the road were crucial to Clemson's success with the 2011 class.

Scott attended high school with Mike Bellamy's grandmother. The four-star running back hails from the same area of Florida as wide receiver Sammy Watkins, another Scott signee.

The addition of the blue chip prospects was a final notch on the belt.

But he found more satisfaction in what his son, recruiting coordinator/wide receiver coach Jeff Scott, was able to bring in to Clemson. The elder Scott thinks back thought back to the reaction his son had when linebacker Tony Steward, another highly touted prospect from Florida, announced on national television that he would be attending Clemson.

"Seeing him pull that off, and maybe the recruiting class came together. That was very rewarding, exciting for me," Scott said. "I'll always look back on this class—I sure hope these guys turn out to be good players, I think they do—but I'll always look back on that, as being part of that last class, and one of Jeff's first classes.

"That's just from a selfish standpoint, I guess you might say—from a father and son experience, but we're all part of the same Tiger family here."

And he certainly is happy to remain a part of that family. But Scott anticipates some slight discomfort on the first day of spring practice.

"I think that'll be the first time you reflect. You [will think], ‘Wait a minute, I'm not in that drill, or I'm not responsible for that and shouldn't be in the middle of that.' I'll try to have a plan that day," he said, cracking a smile. "I'll try to show up a little late and leave a little early, if I feel like I'm getting too emotionally involved here."

Scott added he'll be too busy to get caught up with what's happening on the field.

"I'll be fine. I'm looking forward to being a part of being able to welcome high school coaches and prospects, and things like that," he said. "I'll find things that I'll be able to do during practice."

His decision to step away from coaching was "thought out very carefully."

And most importantly he has no regrets.

In fact, Scott believes the timing couldn't have been better.

He'll be able to spend more time with his wife, Daryle, whose father recently died.

Plus, Clemson's stock is on the uptick with the top-10 recruiting class.

The cupboard isn't bare for new offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell. Five players return with starting experience, four of which are seniors.

With a new offensive coordinator, Scott said it allows for some continuity down the road, which wouldn't have been the case, had Scott elected to stick around for another season or two.

"I wanted to still be part of what's going on around here," he said. "I was very happy that I still could be. I'm going to do this, as long as I feel like I'm still making a difference in our program, and in the lives of kids, because I'll still be around these same boys.

"That's some of the satisfaction at our age that you get from coaching. I've said it before. That scoreboard says sometimes you're losing when you know, as a coach, you're winning. Sometimes it says you're winning when you're losing. I think we're winning at Clemson, regardless of what that scoreboard says on Saturdays—the way things are done here."

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