It was made official today that Texas Tech runningbacks coach Chad Scott will be joining the Kentucky Wildcats coaching staff as an offensive assistant. His position assignment will be finalized when the staff hiring is complete.
Scott originally played for the Cats in 2000 as a true freshman, starting in six games while totaling 611 yards and was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team and third-team Freshman All-America honors. This was before he before transferred to North Carolina to finish his collegiate career. He would late become a graduate assistant at UNC before becoming the RBs coach at Troy from 2007-09, and has been at Texas Tech since then.
Scott has spent the past six seasons coaching running backs with new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown at both Troy and Texas Tech, and has experience coaching with both Brown and offensive line coach John Schlarman. Before becoming the Red Raiders RBs coach, the traditionally pass-happy Texas Tech offense averaged 84 ypg rushing in 2009, but improved to 141.3 ypg in Scott’s first season there in 2010. The Red Raiders have rushed for 135.5 yards per game and scored 51 rushing touchdowns during his three seasons their, while his first-string RBs have averaged 4.95 yards per attempt. In his first year there, the team’s leading rusher, Baron Batch, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Scott was also a difference-maker while at Troy. In his first season there, he helped improve the offense from being ranked 66th in rushing offense and 77th in total offense to 35th nationally in rushing offense (182.6 avg) and 16th in total offense (452.8 avg), and in his final season, the Trojans ranked third in the nation in total offense.
Though he spent a short time at UK as a player, he was a fierce competitor who laid it all on the line to propel his team to victory: