Larry Scott pens letter to Gator Nation

For 14 years Larry Scott has coached college football as an assistant. For the first time in his career, Scott will have the opportunity to lead a program.

Thursday Scott was announced as the head coach for Howard University’s football team.

Scott was announced as the head coach at Howard University on Thursday afternoon. Scott, understandingly so, was emotional given the opportunity and the time he’s spent to earn this opportunity.

Born and raised in Florida, Scott spent most of his coaching career in the state he loved. He played and coached at USF before moving to Miami. Scott had the opportunity to be an interim head coach at Miami for six games but never truly ran the program. He spent two seasons in Knoxville with the Vols before the Gators and Dan Mullen swooped him up to coach tight ends.

Scott wrote this letter to Gator fans just a few hours after being announced as Howard’s head coach.

“Gator Nation,

Being a Floridian born and raised it has been an honor to coach at the University of Florida the past two seasons. Gainesville is a special town and I will always cherish my time here. Thank you to Coach Mullen and Scott Stricklin for giving me an opportunity to coach in my home state. Thank you to the coaching staff, support staff, players and fans for making the past two years an unforgettable experience. I was fortunate to coach a great group of young men. I will miss coaching them and know they will go on to succeed not only on the field, but in life. It has always been a dream of mine to be a head football coach, and feel truly blessed to have this opportunity. I’m excited to start a new journey as the head football coach at Howard University.

Go Gators and Go Bisons,
Larry Scott.”

Florida junior, Kyle Pitts, shared his thoughts on Scott on Twitter.

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC