When Mack Brown decided to step down from the Texas Longhorns head coaching job, the search for a replacement almost immediately started. The problem though is that that Texas isn’t the lucrative job it used to be and it’s not luring in the names that usually would. Nick Saban decided to stay at Alabama, Sean Payton likely won’t be leaving the Saints and Jim Mora Jr. has decided that UCLA is a better option for him than Texas.
Mora addressed recent rumors that linked him to the Texas job and the Bruins head coach simply said that he loves UCLA too much to flip on them for another job.
“It’s flattering, and I think it says a lot about our program and the direction we’re heading,” Mora said, via Inside UCLA. “But I am very, very, very, extremely, delightfully happy to be the head coach at UCLA and want to be for a long, long time.”
The allure is there for him to want the job, but he apparently doesn’t. He’s put time in at UCLA and the team is finally starting to look like a BCS contender under his watch, so leaving now would almost be counterintuitive.
That’s not to say that Texas isn’t a great job, as it beats teaching at Mississippi Technical Institute of Agriculture, but Mora seems content with the UCLA job for now. Things can change but Texas will likely be looking to lure in a big name from the NFL or elsewhere around college football to fill the void left by Mack Brown.