Florida was in the hunt for Chip Kelly, but multiple outlets are now reporting that they have taken their hat out of that particular ring. Florida continued considering other candidates while mulling Kelly, though, and will reportedly pursue them with more direct intent after deciding to remove him from consideration for the position.
Florida is likely to focus on Central Florida coach Scott Frost, the report said. All along, the second-year coach of the Knights has been on Florida's radar and was considered within the industry to be the most likely successor to Jim McElwain in Gainesville.
ESPN reported earlier Friday that Florida is expected to meet with Frost this weekend. He then spent four seasons in the National Football League, three with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the San Francisco 49ers.
Kelly is believed to be the front-runner for the UCLA vacancy. The Bruins fired coach Jim Mora on Sunday and immediately jumped into the Kelly sweepstakes.
UCLA plays its final regular-season game Friday against California.
Florida's list is also rumored to include Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, Dana Holgorsen of West Virginia, Mike Leach from Washington State and Oregon's Willie Taggart.