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Florida assistant Larry Scott reportedly next head coach at Howard

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One of the top recruiters in Florida has a new job. And it comes just days before the late signing period opens up.

As first reported by ESPN, Gators assistant Larry Scott is set to be the next head coach at Howard. The 43-year-old has been in Gainesville since Dan Mullen was hired and is well known up and down the Sunshine State.

A Tampa native, Scott played and coached at USF. He was eventually hired by Al Golden at Miami and later served as the Hurricanes interim head coach when Golden was fired by the school midseason (going 4-2). He also spent two seasons as offensive coordinator at Tennessee under Butch Jones before winding up at Florida with Mullen.

Scott was rumored to be in the mix for the gig at his alma mater after Charlie Strong was fired. That wound up going to Clemson assistant Jeff Scott however (no relation).

In addition to recruiting, Scott was highly regarded as a position coach as well. He recently developed UF sophomore Kyle Pitts into a key part of the team’s offense. The tight end wound up leading the team in touchdown catches and had 649 yards in 2019.

The arrival of Scott comes nearly two months after former Bison head coach Ron Prince resigned. The latter had been placed on leave following a number of allegations of abuse. Though it took a little longer than many expected, the HBCU in the Washington D.C. area finally has a new leader under which they can move forward in 2020.

CFT Previews: Capital One Orange Bowl

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WHO: Florida (10-2) vs. Virginia (9-4)
WHAT: The 86th Capital One Orange Bowl
WHEN: December 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
WHERE: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
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THE SKINNY: The last time Florida won the Orange Bowl, Steve Spurrier was the head coach and the Gators were in the thick of the national title conversation all season long (2001). Florida may be getting closer to entering the national title conversation, and a victory in the Orange Bowl could see some momentum continue to build for the Gators in 2020.

Dan Mullen’s pass-heavy focus on offense has seen Kyle Trask come in and keep things moving with a talented group of receivers to throw to in every part of the field. Virginia’s defense was just eaten alive by Clemson in the ACC Championship Game and should be expected to cough up some big plays through the air once again against the Gators. The biggest target for Florida will be tight end Kyle Pitts. Arguably the best tight end in the nation despite what the Mackey Award had to say about it, Pitts is Florida’s leading receiver with 51 receptions for 610 yards and five touchdowns.

Virginia is merely in the game due to the ACC’s bowl agreement with the Orange Bowl guaranteeing a spot in the game for an ACC member. With Clemson off to the playoff, and now the national championship game, Virginia was the next best option to represent the conference in Miami. Don’t expect Bronco Mendenhall to be issuing any apologies for his team’s presence, though. Despite being over a two-touchdown underdog, this is a massive step in the right direction for a Virginia program that is continuing to improve over time with Mendenhall at the helm.

Virginia’s dual-threat quarterback Bryce Perkins will have a lot on his shoulders as the Gators will look to contain the impact Perkins has on the game. Florida is known to swarm quarterbacks (46.0 team sacks entering the Orange Bowl) but if Perkins can escape pressure and extend plays, Virginia will be able to move the football. How often will that happen will be the key. Over the course of a 60-minute game, it may be a little too much to ask of Perkins to give Virginia a shot to win in the end.

THE PICK: Florida 30, Virginia 16