Will Florida have to move to its third coaching candidate?

Top candidate Chip Kelly signed with UCLA Saturday, and it appears that its second candidate, UCF’s Scott Frost, could also be looking another direction. Florida was reportedly set to speak with Frost this weekend in Orlando.

On Saturday, Nebraska fired head coach Mike Riley, clearing the way for its No. 1 coaching candidate (and Florida target) Scott Frost to return home. Interestingly, Nebraska AD Bill Moos acknowledged that Frost was a candidate during his actual press conference about firing Riley. I can’t recall an AD actually acknowledging a candidate the same day he terminated the head coach.

Former College GameDay host and current ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler sent out a random tweet early Sunday morning about Frost and the Nebraska coaching search.

That caused a reply from a fan saying he thought the Nebraska coaching search was already a done deal because of the lack of news surrounding it.

Fowler then responded that he’s heard that Frost to Nebraska has been “done for awhile.”

Like Fowler, Bleacher Report’s Lars Anderson has been reporting that Frost to Nebraska has been a “done deal” for awhile, too.

So, where would that leave Florida? It appears the Gators will have to move to candidate No. 3 in its young search, and the perceived “best job available” isn’t looking so hot. It would seem that Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, USF’s Charlie Strong or Oregon’s Willie Taggart could be the next targets, assuming the reports about Frost are accurate.

Of course, anything can change in a coaching search. Chip Kelly was supposedly a done deal to Florida; then, UCLA changed everything.