Mike's Take: New TE coach

Former USF assistant coach Larry Scott is Miami's new tight ends coach. Read on to see what CanesTime's Mike Bakas is saying about it.

What to Like:
Larry Scott comes to Miami after having been an assistant coach at USF for the past six seasons. During those six seasons, he worked under two different head coaches, a few different offensive coordinators, and has coached three different position groups. Scott started out as a tight ends coach before getting a chance to work with the offensive line and running back groups. It's always good when coaches have the versatility to work with other position groups, and that's something Scott brings to the table.

Like most tight end coaches in major college football, Scott's biggest strength is through his ability as a recruiter. He has a lot of experience recruiting in South Florida. He played a key role in helping the Bulls land several quality players from the area in recent years. Because of that, he will likely have a lot of good connections within the coaching community in south Florida and that's something that will play a big role in his recruiting efforts at Miami.

Scott was born and raised in Florida. He's never coached anywhere but inside this state. In addition to his recruiting abilities in the Miami area, he will also have a lot of connections and experience in recruiting other areas in the state, specifically the greater Tampa area.

Miami's new roster is loaded with pass-catching tight end prospects who will need to learn how to become better blockers. It's good to know that Scott has experience as an offensive line coach, and produced the best center in the Big East back in 2009 (Samson Genus). Scott should be able to help his young tight ends become more complete players.

What may concern you:
Scott has never coached anywhere but USF. He played there, became a graduate assistant there, and then became a position coach there. He's never coached at a big time program before.

Scott played the offensive line in college, and has only been a tight ends coach for four years. He still lacks experience in some ways.

Finally, he's replacing Mario Cristobal -- a former Division 1 head coach. While the school is likely saving money with this change, Scott simply doesn't have the same type of resume as the tight ends coach they had one month ago.

Bottom Line:
The tight end position is primarily a recruiting position on most staffs. That's likely what Scott's biggest role will be here. With young players like Clive Walford, Beau Sandland, and Standish Dobard on the roster now, most coaches could be successful in coaching those types of players. However, Scott will likely ultimately be evaluated on his ability as a recruiter. From the sounds of it, he's considered to be very good in that area -- especially in south Florida.

One thing I keep going back to is how well Al Golden has put together his coaching staff. The first four assistant coaches who left have gone onto promotions. Because of those hires, he's quickly being considered a very good head coach in terms of being able to hire quality assistants. In that case, you have to trust that Scott will be another quality hire at the end of the day.


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