Even in a teleconference, Larry Scott’s energy came through.
The former Miami interim coach was clearly excited about his newest opportunity, coaching tight ends at Tennessee. Scott was introduced as the man to replace former tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Mark Elder via Twitter on Wednesday.
“I’m going to attack my job, not just do my job,” Scott said during Thursday’s teleconference with the media. “I’m going to attack it with an urgency and a passion. The more I do that, the more the operation runs smoothly.”
Miami went 4-2 under Scott’s watch as interim head coach. Scott said replacing Al Golden, even as an interim coach, had a positive effect on his career.
“It just adds to your perspective in football…When there’s a cog in the wheel and somebody’s not getting it done, it ultimately falls back on that head coach,” Scott said. “You really understand and value how important your job is as an assistant coach to make sure you’re carrying your weight.”
Scott coached at South Florida from 2006-13. A native of the Sunshine State, Scott said he’s never lived outside of Florida. However, he couldn’t pass up a chance to coach at Tennessee.
“This opportunity I have right here at Tennessee is one that I’m going to cherish and I’m going to relish,” he said.
Scott said he had other job opportunities but didn’t go into specifics. He said he chose Tennessee because of head coach Butch Jones’ passion, the history of the program and how the Vols seem to be on the upswing.
“It was a family decision to listen to a lot of different things and different scenarios and do what was best for us,” Scott said.
Scott is known as a strong recruiter thanks to his ties in Florida. With National Signing Day just a month away, Scott said he’s ready to get started. The new coach said he prides himself on a down-home style of recruiting that comes from his upbringing.
“We pride ourselves on just being people,” Scott said, referring to his family. “We get along and relate to people.”
Scott said he’s unsure if he’ll handle some special teams duties as Elder did before leaving Tennessee to become the head coach at Eastern Kentucky.
The Vols have one other coaching vacancy to fill, after former defensive coordinator John Jancek and the team parted ways on Wednesday.