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Florida coach search: Chip Kelly to UCLA, competition for Scott Frost

Nebraska fired its coach Saturday, boosting the competition for UCF's Scott Frost
Who's the next coach at Florida? We still don't know. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Who's the next coach at Florida? We still don't know. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published Nov. 25, 2017|Updated Nov. 25, 2017

GAINESVILLE – The most significant Florida news took place before Saturday's kickoff against Florida State.

Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly was announced as the new coach at UCLA. The move was expected, but it still deprives UF of one of its top targets to replace Jim McElwain. UF sent a contingent to Kelly's native New Hampshire to meet with him Sunday.

Kelly signed a five-year deal with the Bruins for $23.3 million.

With Kelly formally, officially out of the picture, UF is expected to pursue UCF coach Scott Frost. His Knights beat rival USF on Friday to improve to 11-0, with a shot to make it to a New Year's Six bowl game by beating Memphis in next week's AAC title game.

But the Gators will have competition.

Nebraska fired coach Mike Riley on Saturday, a day after he finished a 4-8 season. Frost is from Nebraska and quarterbacked the Huskers under Tom Osborne. Expect the Huskers to make a hard push for Frost, too.

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