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Jim Mora Turns Down Texas: Longhorns Reportedly Hire Charlie Strong

Tracking rumors and speculation regarding Texas's interest in Jim Mora as replacement of Mack Brown.

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One Mora Note re. Longhorns

I don't really feel like blogging about Texas and Mora speculation any more. It was annoying. Longhorns appear to have their guy in Charlie Strong, who I think is a sold coach.

However, I do want to blog an additional note on this because it's been amusing to read from some corners of Texas fandom that no way, no how their beloved Longhorns offered a job to Jim Mora. In their world it is impossible that someone like Mora turned them down. Well here is a note from FootballScoop which has a pretty good reputation when it comes to offering news bits on coaching rumors:

I spoke with two sources today who confirmed what Adam Schefter previously reported, that Jim Mora was effectively offered the job at Texas and turned it down.

The report added what we have heard through our Bruin channels here. Mora and his family are getting attached to LA despite their roots in Pacific Northwest. And the report added this:

Oh, and if you were looking for just one more reason to like Jim...we hear that nearly the entire negotiation with UCLA (when the Washington job came open and UW came courting) was related to additional compensation and security for his staff. When those numbers are revealed (no idea when that might be) we are told some of his staff members will be the highest or among the highest in the country at their position.

So there you have it.

Good luck to our friends in Texas but I think it's time to drop the silliness that the Longhorns didn't come to Mora with a concrete proposal, which he eventually turned it down. It happens.



Report: Texas Hires Charlie Strong

Let's close the loop on this stream with this update from other mothership:

Louisville head coach Charlie Strong is being hired to replace Mack Brown at Texas, according to 247 Sports and later Rivals and Football ScoopSports Illustrated says Strong has agreed to a five-year deal worth $5 million per, and ESPN reports the hire is not official, but that Strong "will accept."

Strong would be the 29th head coach to lead the Longhorns.

Earlier Friday, Baylor's Art Briles and UCLA's Jim Mora officially took their names out of consideration, and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston joked about Jimbo Fisher not leaving for Austin.

Good luck to our Texas friends. I think Strong is a solid get for the Longhorns and they are going to be tough - especially at a "neutral field" like Jerry Dome next season (thanks a lot Chianti).



Mora Turns Down Texas - Again

Report from indicates that Jim Mora has turned down Texas.


Mora Remains Mum While Briles Says No To Texas

Baylor head coach Art Briles, who was thought to be one of the leading candidates for Texas head-coaching position just posted this on Twitter account to quash all the rumors/speculation about going to Texas:

That's how it's done. Meanwhile, we still don't have anything definitive from Jim Mora yet as UCLA heads into a key-stretch in recruiting season.

As mentioned last night, while Mora getting this kind of buzz is good for him and for the program to a certain extent, at certain point he needs to kill these rumors -- which fanbases and media personalities from opposing teams (ie Trojan sympathizers like Collin Cowherd and Petro Papadakis) are using to create an air of instability within the UCLA football program.

Hopefully Mora comes out and puts a stop to all of this by COB today. It shouldn't be that difficult to type out 140 character tweet on his smart phone.



Time for Mora to Quash Texas Rumors - Again

It is time for Jim Mora to once again quash rumors/speculation connecting him to opening at University of Texas.


Mora-Texas Nonsense; Sugar Bowl Open Thread

Open thread tracking Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Texas and quick comment on more silly Mora-Texas rumors.

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