USFNation.com: What are the main reasons why you
initially chose the Bulls staff?
Coach Larry Scott: This is all I know. This is where I played. I signed here when we first started the program, and there is nowhere else in the country that I think would be better to be. It's going in the direction that we all want to go in. I bought into the vision as a player, and why not help push the vision forward as a coach.
USFN: How different is it to move from Graduate
Assistant to Coach?
Scott: The difference is there is more responsibility. More accountability. Your more accountable, your name is on the product that goes out on the field a little bit more. As a grad assistant you also had ownership of that because you help the coaching staff, and you were there when all the decisions were made and things like that. But going from a grad assistant to a coach there is more responsibility recruiting wise. You're out on the road meeting people and building relationships. You're representing the program outside of the walls of the office and the practice fields. All of these come more with being a coach rather then a grad assistant.
USFN: In what ways will you help the Bulls?
Scott: Showing these guys that I believe in the vision. I was once right where you are not too long ago. I was walking in the same shoes that you're walking. So it's more of just being able to help them understand that I've been there, I bought into the vision, I know where we want to go, I believe in what coach Leavitt has as a vision for this program. I'm just in a different set of shoes now, but still believing in the same vision. Helping move the program forward.
USFN: How does it feel to have been part of the
first football class, and now eleven years later being a coach?
Scott: It feels good. I think it's a testament to what coach Leavitt has started here, and to what he envisions the program being. To where you see guys that want to come back and want to re-plug themselves back into what's going on, and willing to make the sacrifices all over again to do it. To come back and help all these young guys it's about the players. It's not about me being a coach and coming back. It's about these young men coming to the university with their goals and their dreams. It's about you having an open ear and an open mind to what they want to achieve. Of course your stating the vision of what you want the program to go to. Once they buy into that, helping them reach all the goals that they want. With education being number one and what ever their goals are on the field. I'm sue all of them want to be better football players, and that's what I'm here to do. To help them be better people and better football players.
USFN: Does your different levels of experience with
the Bulls program help you with the players?
Scott: I think it does help. Especially being a guy that was recruited. To be a guy that chose to come to a program like this makes you a unique person. Once you choose that your coming to the university of South Florida, you immediately set yourself aside from everyone else who is still following big names. If you're a guy that wants to step out of the box and create tradition then South Florida is for you. All my background experience helps build from there. The way I was raised, being from a small town with small town principals makes you a people person, and that's what this program is built on is people. So yes having that experience of having to wash all the laundry, line the fields, stay there and basically run the program from inside out. From ordering equipment to taping ankles to painting the fields and doing all the ball coaching definitely brings it all back when you come to this level.
USFN: What is your recruiting region and how do you
think you can aid in recruiting?
Scott: My area as of now is parts of Broward, probably South Broward and Dade County. To me recruiting is all about relationships. Being able to go out and just be me. One of the things that I think I bring to the recruiting arena is that I'm a people's person. I enjoy building relationships with people. That's all recruiting is, making the family, making the kids feel like you're genuine, and a real person. The real you is out here recruiting me, the real you is the one that's coming to my home, the real you is the one I'm going to trust with my life for the next four years of my life with. As long as you can go out and build a relationship and then being able to sell the product that USF has to offer, then you give yourself as good a chance as anybody else in the country to getting good football players.
USFN: When they are recruiting, what are USF's best
Scott: The best selling points with South Florida are if you understand, and want to be different, and you want to be great, you want to be a tradition builder. You don't want to be a tradition follower. Then all you're going to do is just fall into that same one big category with a bunch of guys that have already followed that same name. You go to the Florida States, and you go to the Miami's, and you go and you read on those walls and you read in the media guide of all the all Americans that did this and did that. Well those are the guys you're still reading about. You go there and you become just one of the guys. Where at South Florida you have an opportunity to be ‘that' guy that everybody reads about 10, 20, 30 years from now. You have the opportunity to do something that no one else will have by choosing South Florida. I think that in itself with the family atmosphere that we have is actually what you sell. You sell that's the things USF has, and that's the chance for a kid to build tradition for one. For number two is to be a part of a family that's sticks together and everybody believes that there here to build tradition. Instead of being grouped into a bucket of guys, here you can uplift a program and create tradition
USFN: How does all this help you with the tight end
Scott: When I decided that I wanted to coach football, I never locked myself into one position per say. Even though I played offensive line and I naturally gravitate toward offensive line, but once I decided to coach, I became a student of the game. Studying Defense, offense, special teams, tight ends, wide receivers, quarterbacks, and the whole gambit. Being a student of the game, being able to give to the tight ends the whole perspective, give them the big picture of what is going on around them, and where they fit within that framework.
USFN: Being an offensive lineman, what's your
feeling on the unit and its depth?
Scott: My feelings are there a good bunch of hard working and smart kids. They work hard, O-lineman naturally have a chip on their shoulders. They're always out to prove them selves. I think coach Simmonds is going to do a great job with those guys. He's a o-lineman himself, so he carries the same type of way that those guys do. Most people say that you take o-lineman and lock them up in a room and feed them crap, and basically make them mean, ornery people. At the same time this group of guys has a chance to be pretty good. They work hard. They get along with each other. It's a good nucleus of older kids mixed in with some younger talent that will set this group aside this year and in the future.
USFN: What goes into deciding if a freshman player
is going to redshirt?
Scott: For the most part it's a team thing; it's never an individual thing around here. If you're going to sell family, and sell those things then you have to have it in all aspects. We're going to do what's best for the football team first and foremost. Of course that involves the individual player himself, it may involve his family, a whole lot goes into that decision. I don't think it can be made to early. You have to let things play themselves out and let the situation unfold. One thing you'll know about coach Leavitt is he is going to do what's best for this program, the football team and of course this young mans life. It's a combination of a lot of different things and they're always changing.
USFN: Do you see any changes to tight ends and the
Scott: Coach Gregory is a very good coach and he has a great knowledge of the game, and we will move on in the direction that will make the team as successful as possible, and that will encompasses many things. Again its not one thing but we are going to do what we do best, what ever it is.
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