OT - Sources: Texas eyes UCLA's Mora
Not that I think Extensions mean much.
Then why are you posting this?
Relevant to the issue?
All TX recurits are his.
Mora just withdrew from consideration. Says he's happy in LA and so is his family. I am sure Texas will land someone great but I think it's interesting so many top names are not interested in this job, which is supposed to be one of the best.
Mack had a large set of powerful supporters and a long career with a NC. Other side wants a higher upside candidate to shake up the clubbie UT culture and challenge for multiple NCs. Big dollars, big egos, big tradition.
Sounds like a risky scenario for an outsider. Maybe sounds familiar to UM fans ...
I was always skeptical about him going to Texas, given that he turned down the Washington job which also would have paid more and been at his alma mater. UCLA also has a ton of talent that Mora is adding to and I think he sees an opportunity to build a run of success like Stanford/Oregon/USC have done recently this is especially true with USC seemingly determined to contuinue shooting itself in the foot(Thank God!).
UCLA has it's own difficulties(see the perpetually insane Bruins Nation site), but most fan ire is set on the basketball team and the Athletic Director. I'm also thinking Mora wants the NFL again and UCLA is just as good of a springboard to that as any other job. Less likely, buit still possible, is that he sees a chance ot become a prgroam defining coach at UCLA, something the school never really had(I see Terry Donahue as not having had quite enough success for that).
Texas' coaching search is starting to look a lot like Michigan's 2007 search. They probably shouldn't have forced out Mack.
Having said that, James Franklin at Vandy would be a solid hire, and he's still on the board AFAIK.
Yup, the candidates seem to be dwindling down. It will be interesting to see what happens now that some of the rumored names are out.