The Florida Gators' coaching search is underway, and potential candidates are being asked about it.
Of course, they're not biting.
UF athletic director Scott Stricklin said Sunday that he won't talk to coaches while their seasons are ongoing (and bowl games don't count, for these purposes).
So here are your official denials from some of the candidates I expect to be considered for UF's opening.
UCF coach Scott Frost, from our friends at the Orlando Sentinel:
"I haven't heard from anybody. Those things might be hard for you guys to ignore, but they're really easy for me to ignore," Frost said. "I show up to work and watch film and get practice ready and go out and do my best to get everybody ready and I don't pay any attention to it…
"It would be a crime for me to do that with the sacrifices that our team and coaching staff made and the type of season that these guys are putting together. They deserve my 100 percent focus and they have it."
The Clarion Ledger has this piece about why Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen might want to stay in Starkville. It's worth reading for reasons beyond this:
"I don't like to speculate on that stuff. I've been here long enough, everybody knows that as the year goes on it gets into that silly season of who's going where and what's going to happen. Our focus is completely on UMass, which has to be because it's an excellent football team. And I'm very happy with what we're building here. We're building a great future at Mississippi State."
Oregon coach (and former USF coach) Willie Taggart wasn't on my initial list of candidates. That was dumb of me, but I wasn't sure he would leave Eugene after only one season. I'm less convinced about that now.
Regardless, he said Monday that he hasn't been contacted by anyone. He followed that up with a text to The Oregonian's John Canzano: "Rumors… rumors… my agent has not talked to anyone (at Florida) either."