The college football regular season is winding down and the college coaching carousel is ramping up.

The Tennessee Volunteers fired head coach Butch Jones on Sunday, adding another high-profile SEC opening in addition to the Florida Gators. Ole Miss will also be in the market for a full-time head coach after Hugh Freeze resigned amid a recruiting scandal last summer and Nebraska is expected to part ways with Mike Riley after a disappointing three-year run.

According to a report Sunday from Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, the Gators have zeroed in on “three prime candidates” for their opening, including two familiar to fans of the Oregon Ducks

Chip KellyScott Frost and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen are the focus at Florida, “with sources indicating that a thorough vetting of Kelly has begun. That includes calls to NFL executives to do general background on Kelly and exploration of his NCAA issues at Oregon.”

Thamel writes that Florida won’t formally reach out or attempt to interview Frost, the former Oregon offensive coordinator and current UCF head coach, until after the American Athletic Conference title game (Saturday, Dec. 2). Central Florida is currently undefeated at 9-0 (5-0 AAC) and on track to play for the conference championship in Frost’s second season.

Thamel adds that if Kelly is interested, a deal could come together before then. 

More from Thamel: 

There are some quirks to Kelly, many of which revolve around his stated preference of being locked in on coaching his team. Kelly isn’t keen on the booster glad-handing, rubber-chicken banquet speeches and general day-to-day hysteria that come with high-profile coaching jobs. Kelly has a low-key personality off the field, and he’s reiterated to friends that “fit and people” will be the ultimate determinations of where he coaches next.

Kelly wasn’t thought to be intrigued by SEC jobs, but Florida presents a different dynamic as it

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