Making the adjustment

CLEMSON - The life of a graduate assistant isn't an easy one.

They basically do all the grunt work the assistant coaches have little time for, plus they have to break down film on formations and tendencies on every opponent as well as help with recruiting work, scouting and just about anything else that doesn't get done.

And don't forget the hours are long and the pay isn't anything to write home about either.

And though Jeff Scott doesn't miss any of those things, he now understands why a football program has to have graduate assistants even more.

"Mike Dooley and I joked all the time when we were graduate assistants and thought we did a lot then," Scott said. "And now that he has been put in a big role as director of high school relations and also director of personnel, and myself coaching the wide receivers and being recruiting coordinator, the amount of responsibilities you have has definitely increased, but that's something you enjoy.

"As a young coach, you want as much responsibility that you can have."

And with that comes added pressure. As the wide receivers coach, Scott takes over a unit that was run by head coach Dabo Swinney before Swinney took over the program last October. In his six years as the wide receivers coach, Swinney had an All-ACC wide receiver each year and a first-team selection in each of the last five years, including the ACC's all-time leading receiver in Aaron Kelly.

"He reminds me of that also," Scott joked. "I have some big shoes to fill in that regard."

As the recruiting coordinator, Scott replaces Billy Napier after Napier was promoted to offensive coordinator before the Gator Bowl. All Napier did as the recruiting coordinator was lead the Tigers to a top 10 national ranking his first year on the job and then had a possible top 5 class in his second year in the works before former head coach Tommy Bowden was fired.

"I'm in a great position obviously being a younger coach," Scott said. "I played wide receiver and coached the receivers at the I-AA level and also coached in high school specializing on the offensive side of the ball," Scott said. "I have had some experience and I have worked with Coach Swinney the last five years at summer football camps and I would come here and learn from him.

"To have this opportunity as a young coach and to be able to coach at this level and at this position and to have someone with the experience and the knowledge that Coach Swinney has a resource that is still here, I think that is very valuable and I'm very fortunate to be in this position."

And it's a whole better position than being a graduate assistant because now he is at least getting paid.


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