Reports: Texas interested in UCLA head coach Jim Mora

As expected:

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Jim Mora (and UCLA fans) might as well get used to this. As long as the Bruins keep winning, their head coach’s name will come up every time a major job is open.

The latest suitor is Texas, which pushed Mack Brown into retirement. ESPN reports that the school is looking at Mora as a potential replacement, though sources dispute whether or not there has been contact.

Orangebloods.com reports that Mora — who just guided UCLA to its first 10-win season since 2005 — will interview with the Longhorns after Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.

The 52-year-old recently turned down an offer from alma mater Washington and agreed to an extension with UCLA through 2019. Although Texas’ resources dwarf that of either the Huskies or the Bruins, he has maintained over the past several weeks that he has no intention of leaving Westwood.

“(UCLA athletic director) Dan Guerrero gave me a chance when I was in TV,” Mora told the Daily News in late December. “I wasn’t coaching. He took a chance on me, quite frankly. People forget that. I’m a loyal person. I always have been, I always will be. Loyal to a fault sometimes. I’d rather be loyal to a fault than disloyal.”

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  • SKL

    Bet the deed to my house in OC he ain’t going nowhere. Least not for the next few years, anyways. Dude is a man of his word and isn’t a scumbag like Sarkisian or Kiffin, chasing some imaginary glory at the expense of his wife, kids, reputation.

    • Joe Blow

      Dude, Tustin ain’t ……

      • maze949

        Blow J counts living in his parents’ house in Stanton as the OC high life. Guy spent his entire NYE and Day on a rival’s blog…tells you all you need to know.

        • Joe Blow

          Kissed your mama at midnight. Then she kissed me AGAIN you know where. Is she home yet?

        • HeySuxx

          Joey is also a professional sign spinner.

    • Sean Zavala

      THAT’S A GREAT PARAGRAPH, YOUR WRIGHT…. GO BRUINS AND RECRUITS TO UCLA..

  • jameskatt

    Jim Mora said he would stay at UCLA. I take him for his word. His word has been solidly reliable. He says things as they are. He is a man of his word.

    And I’m glad Jim Mora coaches UCLA Football.

    • Joe Blow

      If he stays, it’s only because Texas didn’t want him. You gotta be kidding if you think the bruin job is better. Heck, I’d take it over SC and that’s a better job than bruinville.

      • LTEfan

        We’re not saying UCLA is a better job than Texas, JB. Objectively speaking, it is not. But this is all about what Mora wants, and he likes it at UCLA. Otherwise, he would have taken the job at his alma mater and moved back into his house in Seattle.

        • Joe Blow

          You are in la la land. Man, it’s all about the money. Mora would have gone to SC if the money was right!

          • LTEfan

            Apparently it’s not just about money, UW is paying $1 million more per season to their head football coach than is UCLA. Mora still owns a home in Seattle. The economics clearly favored him going to UW. He must have other reasons for staying at UCLA.

          • 92104bruinfan

            The UW job opening was the only one that legitimately concerned me if only because of his Seattle roots. When that passed, it became clear he is staying at UCLA for the foreseeable future. Go Bruins!

      • jameskatt

        Of course we say the UCLA job is better than the oppressive heat of Texas.

        • Joe Blow

          Laughable

          • maze949

            Laughable as a SUC “degree”. Still looking for work, BJ? Sober up, and we’ll talk.

      • Matthew Morris

        Your clearly an idiot!

        • Joe Blow

          It’s YOU’RE. Who’s the idiot?

          • maze949

            The moron who paid for a worthless “diploma” at $uc.

      • Dr_ML_Shanks

        The Bruin job *is* better… Money is nice, but there are a lot of other factors. For a guy who’s concern is building a program his way, not having the alumni, fans, local media, & AD second guess him at every turn and back-stab at the slightest hint of imperfection, UCLA looks pretty good. His family can live in good communities where they are not under the microscope. He is supported in the idea of building scholar athletes, not as a pipeline to the pros. And he will not be under a microscope for further NCAA rules violations.

        • Joe Blow

          Look, we’ll never agree. The bottom line, TO ME, is that ucla football is always going to be second fiddle to SC football, just like ucla basketball will always rule over SC basketball. Just the way it is. In basketball, SC = Angels. ucla = Dodgers. in football, SC = Lakers. ucla = Clippers. No matter how many times you beat us in FB, it’s just the way it is. And vice versa in basketball.

          • StriveforBetterHealth

            Whoa. SC = Clippers. Or more likely, SC = doesn’t care about basketball at all. Pretty much all UCLA fans are fans of the Lakers. Kareem and Goodrich mostly. And in recent years so much more.

          • LTEfan

            Maybe, maybe not, we’ll see. Wasn’t SC always supposed to be better than Oregon in football? You subscribe to the philosophy that continuity is the dominant force in history, others think that it is change.

          • Sean Zavala

            I AGREE, UCLA FOOTBALL IS ON THE RISE AND THERE JUST GETTING STARTED. LOS ANGELES BRUINS ( UCLA ) 1#

    • Joe Blow

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • gotroy22

      Did he say “Trust me?”

  • barry1817

    it is strange that if reports are that he is loyal and not looking to go anywhere, why bother to go on an interview. And wonder if media is just playing this up, to create tension that doesn’t exist.

    • Joe Blow

      Why would he stay at Clipper U when he could go to the Celtics?

    • Joe Blow

      Why would he stay at Clipper U when he could go to the Celtics?

      • Cal

        Doc Rivers?

  • LTEfan

    If he just wanted more money and better facilities, Mora would have gone to his alma mater when the UW job opened. Although I would never say never with college football coaches, I don’t think Mora will end up at Texas. They will hire Fisher, Briles, Franklin or Strong.

    • Joe Blow

      Say it, Texas doesn’t want him. Period

      • ProbationU

        That’s only because they are after Sark. They want the best!

        • Joe Blow

          Sark will turn out to be better than Mora. Neither has done squat. So we’ll see.

          • ProbationU

            I don’t know any Bruins that would want to trade. I do know some Trojans that would. Time will tell.

          • LTEfan

            Yes, and they wanted Klemm too.

          • Joe Blow

            Nice edit. I was looking for Tine.

          • ProbationU

            The perils of typing on the phome..phine…er…phone.

          • Joe Blow

            :- )

          • LTEfan

            Well, Mora has done more than Sark, the record suggests.

          • Joe Blow

            True, but only the South Division winner. I highly doubt Mora would win in the Northern Division. Tougher division. Other than that, Sark HAS done more with less talent than Mora had. We’ll see.

          • gotroy22

            No he hasn’t. Sark couldn’t beat Oregon once. Even Kiffin managed to do that.

          • Joe Blow

            Mora had better talent. Sark also got a new stadium finished. Sark also got an 0-12 program back in the mix. Mora inherited a much better program, talent wise.

          • LTEfan

            True, Mora inherited more talent. But once Sark got level, he didn’t take UW up another tier. Mostly 7 win seasons.

          • Joe Blow

            Seriously, you think the Northern Division is the same as the South? BTW, UW NEVER got level in talent with SC or ucla.

          • LTEfan

            No, I mean level talent with where UW can and should be. Sark took over a program that was clearly below its normal talent level, so he gets credit for bringing the program back. But then he tread water.

          • Joe Blow

            We’ll see. Hard to recruit up there and get same talent as SC (football school), Stanford (all top players with brains), Oregon (Nike/facilities) and even ucla (weather). Would be interesting to see bruin’s record if they were in No. Div. I know, you’d like to see SC’s. But we aren’t talking about SC, we are talking about Sark.

          • gotroy22

            Don James managed to do it.

          • Joe Blow

            Come on. Look up Don’s record. It wasn’t overnight.

          • gotroy22

            How did they beat the ruins 24-7 in 2010? With mirrors? They also played the ruins even this year at the Rose Bowl as even dieheard ruin fans will admit. The Huskies had a better running attack.

          • Joe Blow

            Out coached ‘em.

          • gotroy22

            Better talent?Sarkiffian had a pro quarterback in Jake Locker and couldn’t win anything. If Mora hadn’t brought in a new style and professional assistant coaches the ruins would be 3-9 the last two years.Skippy brought in lots of 3 stars but you have to hand it to Mora, his assistants molded them into a competitive team. That’s the kind of pro style coaching staff we needed instead of Pete’s basketball pal and the UW coaching staff.

          • Joe Blow

            “we”? I’ll bet you haven’t donated a dime to SC.

          • Dr_ML_Shanks

            Mora has proven a better recruiter too. How many 4-star prospects has Sark flipped from Alabama? And look how excited Lee was to play for Sark… I guess it *is* all about the money… (at U$uCk )

          • Joe Blow

            Dream On! 1954

          • gotroy22

            Let’s not get carried away. Sarkiffian should have never been hired by a great school like USC. He’s more of a UW, UA, ruin caliber head coach.

          • Joe Blow

            We’ll see.

          • jameskatt

            The Bruins just won the Sun Bowl and have won 10 games, all in two years of Mora’s reign. Pretty good.

          • Joe Blow

            Clippers.

          • Dr_ML_Shanks

            Other than a 10 win season, including beating his condom-clad rivals. How’s that victory bell look in blue and gold, Joe?

          • Joe Blow

            Doesn’t go with our 11 National Championship trophies.

          • Dr_ML_Shanks

            When you actually *have* 11 National Championship trophies, that might be a concern… But at the moment, U$uCk only have 10, since the NCAA took back the one you cheated to get… And it’s looking like 11 is going to be a while….

          • Joe Blow

            D wad II, AP is legit

    • Sean Zavala

      They Hired Strong Your Wright ….

  • Joe Blow

    Please. If he doesn’t go, it’s only because Texas didn’t want him.

    • LTEfan

      Yes, because you’re always right about such things. You said he was leaving for UW.

      • Joe Blow

        As I’ve said, it’s all about the money.

        • LTEfan

          Why he didn’t he go to UW? They paid Peterson $4 million per season, UCLA is reportedly now at $3 million per season.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Great point, LTE. He won’t respond because he can’t.

  • ThaiMex

    Anybody got a can of MOSQUITO repellant?
    fit Un!

  • 92104bruinfan

    Mora lives in Manhattan Beach, works in Westwood, his parents living only an hour away in Palm Desert, fundraising has started for an on-campus football only facility, he just received a sizeable raise & extension, and has a potential inaugural CFB playoff caliber squad next year if Hundley returns. Yeah, highly doubtful he’s leaving anytime soon. Go Bruins!

  • Matthew Morris

    UCLA is building a new facility! Mora is not even thinking about Texas

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    18 J-Blow (Nubs) comments in this string??

    clearly the trOXans are sick with DESPERATION!!

    they don’t get this is just Mora getting his props! as i have said, if Scarlet Johannsen says she wants to talk about leaving your wife and family to move in with her, you probably won’t move in with her, BUT YOU TAKE THE MEETING!!

    enjoy your glory Jimbo, you are now up there with Saban on the top rung!!

    but clearly by his comments, he is not going anywhere.

  • Joe Blow

    Texas didn’t want him.

    • LTEfan

      Then why did Texas leak rumors of their interest in interviewing him?

      • Joe Blow

        You don’t know who leaked it. If it was Texas, it could have been a ploy to get the “other” prospect to get serious or Drama Queen Mora to get more PR.

        • LTEfan

          The Baylor head coach just declined an opportunity to become the head coach at Texas. Choose not to believe it, but the list of those saying “no” to Texas is getting long.

          • Joe Blow

            So? Look, it’s easier to lead program with lower expectations than go to the Big Time…ucla vs Texas. Clippers vs Celtics

          • LTEfan

            Ah, you keep moving the goalposts, you are very good at that. This blog post is loaded with your comments that it’s all about the money for the targeted coaches. If that’s true, then none of them is saying “no” to Texas.

          • Joe Blow

            Do I have to explain everything to you? You go to Texas, lots of money, but lots of pressure and you’re fired in a couple of years. You stay at ucla, you can be there forever (lower money) with a so so record. See Terry D.

          • ProbationU

            You make some decent points JB, but there are other things as well. I have been to Austin and it may be one of the nicest places in Texas, but it ain’t Manhattan Beach or Westwood. Much nicer here. I think he likes having his family near him, with his Dad in the desert and his son at Claremont McKenna College. From what I have read, he isn’t totally money driven and has always looked to take care of his staff.

            Also, at UCLA he gets the chance to build a program. The Bruins have had some decent teams over the years under Sanders and Prothro and underachieved under Donahue. We have never been a top-notch “program.” Mora wants to build it and we are hopeful he will. Once again, time will tell.

          • Joe Blow

            I agree. But if he wants one of the 5 top programs in America, AND money, he should take it. I do agree with what you’ve said, but the odds are against him.

          • ProbationU

            I like his chances. He runs the AD because the AD needs Mora at this point in time more than Mora needs UCLA. He has been able to take control to a degree that no other UCLA coach has ever been able to do. He still has to keep improving the product on the field.

            Texas is a great job for the right person. Tons on alumni and pressure…maybe even more than at SC. I was in the stadium when we beat them 66-3. It was like their family died. Even as much as SC fans live and die with football, it is even more the case in Texas. Not much else to do there. In LA, we have options.

          • Joe Blow

            Yeah, just ask Tim Floyd and his Sweet 16 team. Go ahead and dream. RE: Texas fans, that’s a huge reason to stay in the small pond.

          • ProbationU

            The small pond is in the process of being dredged and enlarged. There were some that believed the Red Sox would never be released from the Curse of the Bambino. Yes..we are dreaming to be released from the Curse of Edgerrin James.

          • Joe Blow

            LOL

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            UCLA is the Lakers. USC is…wait, do you guys still play basketball?(Cue “we don’t care about basketball” retort from poor, predictable JB.)

          • Joe Blow

            “Are”

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Actually, you “are” wrong. In this case, UCLA is singular, thus”is” is correct. Please tell me you are not actually a Bruinsnation troll with a UCLA diploma…

          • Joe Blow

            You are wrong. Look it up.

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      Joe has such great sources…actually better than ESPN, CBS Sports, FoxSports – all reporting that Mora withdrew his name from consideration. Give that man a press pass!

  • inhonorofpooh

    Tired & fat, old & impotent, desperately trying to get a rise out of something, anything! Could TJ Simers be Blow J? Props to maze OC for the name.

  • inhonorofpooh

    ha ha ha – Blow J, good handle maze

  • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

    I’m a loyal person. I always have been, I always will be. Loyal to a fault sometimes. I’d rather be loyal to a fault than disloyal.

    +1

  • Rick W

    Thanks, Coach Mora, for 2 great seasons. Looking forward to the Bruins being even better in the future!

  • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

    Fun to watch these pUSC trolls hoping desperately for a UCLA stumble against VT (wrong), then Mora on the Texas job (wrong again). The envy is understandable now that UCLA gets the vast majority of the press attention as a top 15 program, as well as the Bruins being the #1 program in SoCal.

    • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

      Dead on CORECT!!!

      • Chris Butler

        I think there is only one USC troll on here…I’m a ‘SC guy, but I’ll give credit where it’s due, and Mora has done some great things in Westwood. You have LA right now, but you have a long way to go. As for us Trojans, I’m pretty pleased with finishing the season with 10 wins and ranked despite being under some pretty heavy sanctions and three different head coaches. You got us this year, and we all must admit that both teams being ranked makes for a much better atmosphere.

        • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

          Thanks for the thoughtful post, Chris. You make some good points.

          • Joe Blow

            Get a room

    • Joe Blow

      Clippers

  • Joe Blow

    All you clowns can relax. I KNOW I OWN this blog. You all bow down and I appreciate that.

    But I’m going to take the weekend off. Be sure to keep an eye open for the REAL me: Joseph B. Lowe

    • IIWIICUB

      chortle.

    • EncinitasBruin

      Promise?

    • LTEfan

      Make it a long weekend, please!

  • Lou Spitz

    Do not think Hundley will leave Bruins He will be a top candidate in the fall for the Heisman and could earn at least three or four times more than he could make going in and sitting on the bench, not playing unless the starter goes down. already there are four more experienced qbs ahead of his talent and two heismans Louisville, Texas A&M then Florida State.and one more (forgot the team)…Coach Mora will convince him to stay.and Hundley will get a high 9 figure health insurance contract too.cover a career ending injury….do not know who will pay for it, but it will happen………Lou Spitz
    ……..

  • Joe Blow

    I NOW OWN THE LOS ANGELES TIMES TOO!

    Check out the Letters in Sports! Joseph B. Lowe aka Joe Blow. Clowns galore.

  • Sean Zavala

    We Love JIM MORA AND ADRiAN KLEMM AND WERE JUST GETTING STARTED. GO LOS ANGELES BRUINS (UCLA)