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UCF's Scott Frost no fan of satellite camps

New UCF football coach Scott Frost (right) and new Knights men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins greet fans during a booster gathering Thursday on Harbour Island.

JOEY KNIGHT | Times

New UCF football coach Scott Frost (right) and new Knights men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins greet fans during a booster gathering Thursday on Harbour Island.

Though they won't clash on the field for another six months, new UCF coach Scott Frost and Bulls counterpart Willie Taggart already are colliding philosophically.

Frost, whose subdued demeanor on national signing day differed greatly from Taggart's, told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday he's not a fan of satellite camps. Taggart, who will host a camp with Michigan's Jim Harbaugh on June 4, is an outspoken proponent of them. 
 
"The real answer is, any school that's not in a rich recruiting ground is gonna want satellite camps. Any school that's located in a good recruiting ground is not gonna want satellite camps," Frost said Thursday evening at a Knights booster gathering on Harbour Island.

"So UCF obviously, with all the players that are close to us, we don't need to go anywhere (in the summer) to recruit."

Frost indicated he and his staff will be attending a couple of satellite camps, but otherwise will use their small window of summer down time to spend with family.

"In general, I don't think they're a good idea simply for a reason that college coaches are overworked anyway," he said. "And when you add a bunch of days in June, making them go out and go to camps...I mean, the job asks a lot of you and it takes a lot of time and hours, and guys need down time."

Other Frost tidbits from Thursday:

* He said the school-record turnout for the Knights' spring game (23,147) -- a year after an 0-12 season -- is indicative of "the potential we all see in the program."  

"The fan base is unbelievable, the campus is unbelievable, it's one of the best college cities in America," Frost said. "There's so much going for UCF that if we do things the right way I know we can (succeed)."

* Frost said Lakewood High alumnus Shaquem Griffin -- who totaled nine tackles last season on special teams and at safety -- moved to outside linebacker over the spring. Twin brother Shaquill (50 tackles, two interceptions, 13 pass breakups) remains at corner.

Overall, seven of the Knights' top eight tacklers return, albeit from a unit that ranked 113th nationally in 2015.

"(The Griffins) are great kids," Frost said. "I feel a lot better about where we are on defense right now than offense. We've got more of a veteran group on defense and a lot of young players on offense. The Griffins both had really good springs and are kind of examples of older, experienced guys. ... Those guys are gonna have to help us a lot."

* Few may remember Frost had a cup of coffee with the Bucs as a safety/special-teamer in 2003, well after helping lead Nebraska to a share of the 1997 national title as a 1,000-yard rusher and passer. He said then-Bucs secondary coach Mike Tomlin -- entering his 10th season as Steelers coach -- remains a valuable resource to this day."

"When I got the job at UCF, Mike probably called me six times just to talk over some little things," Frost said. "I think the world of him."

[Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:14am]

    

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