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Jeff Scott adds Da’Quan Bowers as defensive line coach at USF

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Given all the success Clemson has experienced over the past decade, why not pull from the program whenever possible? New USF coach Jeff Scott will be bringing a fellow Clemson staffer with him to Tampa with the addition of Da’Quan Bowers as a defensive line coach. Scott and USF announced the addition to the football staff on Sunday, a day after Clemson edged Ohio State in a College Football Playoff semifinal game.

“Da’Quan was an absolutely dominant player for us at Clemson and I am excited that he will bring that experience and his professional playing experience to coaching our players at USF,” Scott said in a released statement. “Da’Quan has been doing great work with our defensive line the last two years at Clemson and is ready to excel in his first full-time coaching opportunity.”

Bowers was a unanimous All-American in 2010 and the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and ACC Defensive Player of the Year as a key member of the Clemson program’s rise to its current status as a college football powerhouse. Bowers went on to be a second-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011. Bowers played five seasons in the NFL, a brief career riddled with injury concerns.

Bowers returned to Clemson as an undergraduate coach in 2018 as he worked to complete his degree following his retirement from professional football.

Brandon Streeter named Clemson’s QB coach

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The second part of the departed Chad Morris‘ job title has officially been filled.

Wednesday, Clemson announced that Brandon Streeter has been hired as the Tigers’ new quarterbacks coach.  Additionally, Streeter, who played QB for Clemson in the late nineties, will carry the title of recruiting coordinator.

Streeter had spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at FCS-level Richmond.

“Brandon Streeter has done an outstanding job everywhere he has been since he graduated from Clemson in 1999 and we welcome him back,” said head coach Dabo Swinney in a statement. “I was very impressed with him when he worked for us as a graduate assistant (2004-05) and have followed him closely over the last nine years knowing that one day I would like to hire him.”

This will be Streeter’s first non-grad assistant job at the FBS level, with his previous stops including Charleston Southern and Liberty.

Morris left after four seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach to take over as the head coach at SMU Dec. 1.  A day later, Swinney named Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott as his co-offensive coordinators.

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Clemson tabs two to replace departed OC Chad Morris

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One day after Chad Morris was officially named as SMU’s new head coach, his former boss has picked his replacements — plural.

In a press release, Clemson announced that Dabo Swinney has named Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott as his co-offensive coordinators. Scott has been on Swinney’s staff all seven seasons with the Tigers, coaching the wide receivers each of those seasons. This is Elliott’s fourth season as running backs coach.

There’s no word on whether the 33-year-old Scott or 35-year-old Elliott will call plays in Clemson’s bowl game and beyond.

“I am very excited to announce that Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott will serve as co-offensive coordinators,” Swinney said in a statement. “These are two of the brightest young coaches in the business. They have had a huge impact on our offense when it comes to the overall game plan, game day decisions, coaching their positions, and have also been big reasons for our recruiting success.

“One of my overall philosophies is to promote from within when it is feasible. Both of these coaches are highly qualified and ready for this opportunity. We have been prepared to make this staff move for some time.

“Tony and Jeff were teammates at Clemson at the same position for three years and have worked together as coaches for four. They have a great relationship.”

Mississippi rips Texas, 44-23. What now, Mack?

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After BYU sliced through the Texas defense for 550 rushing yards last Saturday, embattled Longhorns head coach Mack Brown‘s solution was to fire his defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, and replace him with Greg Robinson.

Guess that didn’t help.

Mississippi stormed back from a 23-14 second-quarter deficit to score 29 unanswered points as the Rebels buried Texas in their own stadium, 44-23.

Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace went 17 of 25 for 177 yards and two touchdowns and also added 57 rushing yards (with a score) as Ole Miss (2-0) beat Texas (1-2) for the first time since the 1958 Sugar Bowl.

The Longhorns defense was better against the run this week (could it get much worse?), but it still yielded 272 yards and 6.0 yards per rush to the Rebs. Jeff Scott had a game-high 164 yards on 19 carries and also added a back-breaking 73-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, the Texas offense was mostly tepid after getting off to a good start in the first half. The Longhorns put up 234 yards of offense and held a 23-17 lead at the break, but totaled just 86 yards and zero points in the second half. Case McCoy started in place of the injured David Ash and went 24 of 36 for 196 yards and one touchdown. Johnathan Gray led the Horns with 91 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

The question for Texas now is: How bad is this going to get?  Neither side of the ball is clicking and a downward spiral appears to be forming. This team has too much talent to get blown out by 21 at home against a team like Ole Miss, but what’s going to happen when Texas takes on the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor? Is there a path to a winning season?

It doesn’t appear that Brown has any answers, unless he feels like firing offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and replacing him with another old hand. But maybe the real answer is for Brown to finally understand that after an illustrious career in Austin, it’s time for him to surrender his title with grace and ride off into the sunset.

All puking aside, Ole Miss-Vandy stage instant classic

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Well hello, college football.  Oh how we’ve missed you.  And, Saturday’s slate, you have one helluva act to follow.

Twice during Ole Miss’ Big 12-esque 39-35 win over Vanderbilt, the Rebels reached down and came back from 11-point deficits — and that was after Vandy fell down 10-0 in the first quarter.

With just under two minutes left in the fourth quarter of the back-and-forth affair, Ole Miss held a four-point lead before Jordan Matthews turned a fourth-and-18 into a 42-yard gain — one play after vomiting all over the Vanderbilt Stadium turf as Twitter concussion specialists cried foul — and Steven Scheu turned a busted coverage the next play into a 34-yard touchdown catch-and-run.

35-32 Commodores with just 1:30 remaining and, after the ensuing kickoff, the Rebels 75 yards from a game-winning touchdown.  Following an incomplete pass on first down, the Vandy defense proceeded to pull its best Matthews, coughing up a 75-yard touchdown run (pictured) to Rebels running back Jeff Scott with just over a minute left.

As deflating as that turn of events was, Vandy still had the opportunity to shock Ole Miss late in back-to-back seasons.  A facemask penalty on the kickoff return following Scott’s TD stunner handed the ‘Dores the ball just shy of midfield, at their own 49.  On a third-and-four with 30 seconds or so left, a tipped Austyn Carta-Samuels pass was intercepted by the Rebels, sealing the Ole Miss win in the SEC opener for both schools.

The player who tipped the final, catchable pass?  Jordan Matthews, which just makes ya sick to your stomach.

While there will be plenty of pundit bloviating over Matthews and whether he should’ve been in the game, there is one certainty coming out of Nashville very early Friday morning: that was college football at its finest between two very solid teams.  And, it should be noted, a warning shot across the bow of the rest of the SEC that neither Ole Miss nor Vandy will be easy outs in 2013.