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Hot Reads: ESPN Analyst Kirk Herbstreit Anxiously Awaiting Frost Era

August 24, 2018
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Kirk Herbstreit is a believer in the Frost Effect. A big believer, you could say.

The ESPN analyst and former Ohio State quarterback released his annual Herbie Awards this week. Nebraska earned two mentions on the lengthy and wide-ranging list.

Nebraska showed up as one of Herbstreit's five "surprise teams." Florida (4-7 in 2017), Kansas State (8-5), Utah (7-6) and Missouri (7-6) also earned the designation.

Perhaps the bigger (and not unrelated) honor came when Scott Frost made Herbstreit's list of "impact head-coaching hires." Frost didn't just make the list, he led the way for hires made for the 2018 season:

“It’s not just the undefeated year last year at UCF,” Herbstreit said. “Obviously that helps. It grabs your attention. He won a national championship himself back there in 97. He knows that culture. He knows that state. He knows that fan base. He knows how to turn that thing around. I can’t wait to watch.”

Frost was joined on the impact-hire list by one of his early mentors, Chip Kelly, now at UCLA, as well as Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M), Dan Mullen (Florida) and a tie for the fifth spot between Joe Moorhead (Mississippi State) and Willie Taggart (Florida State).

The Gators, Aggies and Seminoles earned double designation for their offseason hires, landing coaches on the "impact coordinator" list. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham followed Mullen to Gainesville, Mike Elko will lead the defense at A&M after a breakout year with Notre Dame and former Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell has the keys to Florida State's offense.

Big Ten teams filled the other two spots with Ohio State's hire of former Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and Penn State's promotion of Ricky Rahne to offensive coordinator.

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