KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Larry Scott got a taste of being a head coach last October after Miami fired Al Golden, and Scott wasn’t shy about acknowledging his aspirations to lead a program full-time in the near future.
“This time of the year always brings about all those speculations and conversations and different things all over the country,” Scott said Wednesday.
“Obviously, I do aspire to be a head coach again some time. But we have a really good thing going here at Tennessee, so if those opportunities don’t present themselves at the right places or at the right time, what better place to be than right here at Tennessee with what we are doing? How we are budding this way with our recruiting. The way we are going doing things now. There’s no better place to be right now.”
In 2015, Scott was the interim head coach for six games with Miami, leading the Hurricanes to a 4-2 record. Earlier this month, his named was linked to the Florida Atlantic University job before the Owls hired Lane Kiffin. Also, some outlets floated out Scott’s name for the South Florida job, as Scott played at USF and spent eight seasons on staff with the Bulls from 2005-12.
Scott reportedly interviewed with FAU last week, and the Florida native confirmed as much Wednesday, saying, “If you are given the opportunity to speak to people that you feel like is a good opportunity and a good match for you, then you do it. And if it doesn’t work then it wasn’t meant to be.
“However, when you are in a place like I am at Tennessee, it’s not a dire situation. I am returning back to where we’ve got it going good here.”
Asked about Vols coach Butch Jones’ role handling assistants who aspire to become a head coach, Scott said, “There is an open dialogue and communication. Obviously, coach knows that one day that is a goal of mine to be a head coach again. But we’re not going to rush into anything. I’m not going to make a rash decision.”