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Bucs' Licht likes UCF's hiring of Scott Frost



Bucs general manager Jason Licht started his college football career as a walk-on at Nebraska, and while he missed overlapping with quarterback Scott Frost by a few years, he likes UCF's hiring of the former Cornhuskers coordinator and Oregon assistant as their new head coach.

"He is a very impressive player, person and coach," Licht said of the 40-year-old Frost, who will be formally introduced Wednesday morning. "He is extremely innovative, extremely competitive, and a great communicator. UCF made an excellent hire with Scott."

Licht knows Nebraska football well -- his father has been a season-ticket holder since 1962 -- and he nearly had another tie with Frost, whose father Larry, another former Huskers player, almost took a coaching job at Licht's high school in Colorado while he played there. Frost actually played for the Bucs, finishing his NFL career with four games with Tampa Bay in 2003 as a special-teams player and safety, having already started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at that point.

"I've known Scott for several years," Licht said. "I enjoyed following him as a player at Nebraska and in the NFL, including his time with the Bucs."

Frost spent the last seven seasons as an assistant at Oregon, including the last three seasons as offensive coordinator under Mark Helfrich after Chip Kelly left the Ducks to coach the Eagles.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 4:25pm]


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