Assistant coaches John Scott Jr. and Thomas Brown moving on
Feb. 08, 2020, GCF Staff Report
Assistant coaches John Scott Jr. and Thomas Brown are leaving the South Carolina football team after just one season, heading to Penn State and the Los Angeles Rams, respectively, according to reports. Bruce Feldman of The Athletic first reported Brown’s move, while The Big Spur had the news of both departures. Football Scoop had previously reported Scott was a strong contender for the Penn State job.
Brown’s move comes after a season where he gave a boost to South Carolina’s running back room, which saw four of the top five tailbacks average at least 5 yards a carry. He was also key in recruiting MarShawn Lloyd, a four-star back and one of the top players in The Gamecock class of 2020. Earlier this offseason, he was rewarded with a raise from $300,000 to $500,000, as head coach Will Muschamp sacrificed his annual raise to pay Brown more.
Brown previously coached at Miami, Georgia and Wisconsin, as well as Marshall and Chattanooga. He is considered a rising star in the profession after a collegiate playing career at Georgia and three years in the NFL. Scott oversaw the Gamecocks’ defensive line, including Javon Kinlaw, who enjoyed an All-American senior season and has risen up NFL draft boards to be considered a likely first-round pick. The Gamecocks ranked 10th in the SEC in yards allowed per rush and 11th in sacks per game.
Before he came to South Carolina, Scott spent two seasons at Arkansas, also coaching defensive linemen. Prior to that, he spent two years in the NFL, with the New York Jets, after stops at Texas Tech, Georgia Southern, Missouri State, Norfolk State and Western Carolina, all for three seasons or fewer.