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Report: Texas keeping tabs on UCLA’s Jim Mora

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There are two pretty significant coaching vacancies left to fill in college football. Penn State and Texas are each on the search for a new head coach and now that the Longhorns have officially closed the book on the Mack Brown Era in Austin the pursuit is getting as hot as the Texas sun in the middle of the summer. The job is worthy of some big names to be in the mix, and it appears the school is keeping an eye on UCLA head coach Jim Mora.

According to a report by ESPN, Mora and Texas have had some sort of conversation about filling the vacancy, but it is unknown how serious the talks may have been. Considering Mora has NFL experience and the number of coaching vacancies available in the NFL right now it would make sense to see Mora’s name potentially be tied to some of those ongoing coaching searches as well.

There is much to like about Mora as a potential coach at Texas. After turning UCLA around and setting them on a path to be one of the top programs in the Pac 12, if not just the Pac 12 South, Mora has proven a number of critics wrong. Mora was a hard sell for UCLA to the fans and media when initially hired to coach the Bruins after fizzing out in the NFL.

Texas needs a coach who can handle the pressure of leading a big time program and handle the increased media exposure to be had through The Longhorn Network commitments. Mora could probably handle that if he was interested in taking the job, but overall just seems like a weird fit. If Mora goes anywhere, it might be for another shot at the NFL.

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17 Responses to “Report: Texas keeping tabs on UCLA’s Jim Mora”
  1. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 2, 2014 8:58 PM

    Yawn,

    Bama is on.

    RTR

  2. jburns9999 says: Jan 2, 2014 9:05 PM

    amosalanzostagg says:
    Jan 2, 2014 8:58 PM
    Yawn,

    Bama is on.

    RTR

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    Is tonight the national championship game?!! Oh wait.

    Sorry.

  3. thekingdave says: Jan 2, 2014 9:16 PM

    I sweat amos, you’ve got to have the biggest hard on for Texas on CFT, and you’re not even a Texas fan. First to post on Texas posts the majority of the time, only to piss on the parade.

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 2, 2014 9:39 PM

    dave,

    So?

    RTR

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 2, 2014 9:45 PM

    jburns,

    Touche’

    We can’t win every year. I’ve enjoyed the run we have had. Change is good. I hope Auburn wins to keep the crystal football in the SEC. If not, the crystal ball stays
    in the South.

    RTR,

    Personally the best team in country is Michigan State.
    They play smash mouth football and have a defense that will knock you into next week.

  6. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 2, 2014 9:55 PM

    Dave,

    Aren’t you tired of the ad nauseum “rumors” of Texas recruiting Coach____________?

    Saban,
    Fisher,
    Malzahn,
    Strong,
    Mora,
    Shaw, et al

    Even today, prominent Texas booster, Red McCombs, wants Jon Gruden as the head football coach.

    Here’s an idea, why not let the new AD Steve
    Patterson and the selection committee do their job and do it professionally. The way it looks now, the University of Texas looks like a sixth street hooker
    plying her wares. The University of Texas deserves better.

    RTR

    OU takes the lead on Bama, crap.

  7. irishdodger says: Jan 2, 2014 9:58 PM

    Amos,

    I thought true Bama fans would never root for Auburn regardless of game?

    I like Gus…he’s going to be a thorn in your side I believe. Another CFB HC from the state of Arkansas…along w/ Bear Bryant, Barry Switzer, Fred Akers, Ken Hatfield, Tommy Tuberville, Charlie Strong, Houston Nutt, etc.

    Meanwhile, you may want to worry about your boys. I can’t believe a 17 pt underdog…the biggest underdog in BCS bowl history…is leading Bama. I’m sure they’ll end up winning by 42 when it’s all said and done.

  8. jburns9999 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:20 PM

    Meanwhile, you may want to worry about your boys. I can’t believe a 17 pt underdog…the biggest underdog in BCS bowl history…is leading Bama. I’m sure they’ll end up winning by 42 when it’s all said and done.

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    UCF was a 17 point dog to Baylor last night. How did that turn out?

  9. irishdodger says: Jan 2, 2014 10:52 PM

    @jburns:

    True but I could see UCF beating Baylor; I would’ve bet the house that Bama would boatrace OU. The Sooners haven’t been impressive all year so tons of credit to their coaching staff. Of course, if Bama loses; the Lemmings from the SEC will claim they didn’t want to be there….weakest excuse in sports & shows a lack of character.

  10. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:25 AM

    I don’t understand this if there is real interest.

  11. tttrojan4life says: Jan 3, 2014 1:00 AM

    Choklahoma finally wins a big game!

    For Bama, unfortunately this is the beginning of the end of the dynasty. It was a great run.

  12. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 3, 2014 1:26 AM

    If this is the best job in Football America, I have two questions:

    1) Why isn’t every coach in the world putting their name out there that they are interested?

    2) Why do they have to pay more than fair market value for their guy?

    You would think, if it’s the best job in the football universe, they wouldn’t have to money whip their candidates. Assuming they actually had some candidates.

  13. cranespy says: Jan 3, 2014 7:32 AM

    This selection panel is bound by one mantra….”Go BIG or Go Home”…..this is Texas they want one thing and one thing ONLY…a BIG NAME COACH.

  14. cranespy says: Jan 3, 2014 7:34 AM

    Look for a name that comes out of nowhere…..Sean Peyton….Jeff Fisher…..Bill Cowher…..Urban Meyer…..

  15. cosmoman11 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:33 AM

    After losing 2 in a row Bama is probably ready to let Saban go.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 3, 2014 10:46 AM

    My money is now on Briles….

  17. fearthehoody says: Jan 3, 2014 11:07 AM

    Mora isn’t going to Texas, I’m 100% sure of that. If he leaves it will be for the NFL, not a college job.

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