Texas and representatives of UCLA head coach Jim Mora have had conversations about the Longhorns' currently vacant head coaching position, according to reports by Brett McMurphy and Adam Schefter at ESPN and the staff at Football Scoop.
Texas very interested in UCLA's Jim Mora. UT & reps of Mora had conversations today sources told @AdamSchefter— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 2, 2014
Have heard same chatter re: talks between Mora’s reps/UT. Mora is very good coach & would do well at UT. Think Art Briles would dominate.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) January 2, 2014
Mora is a bit of a surprise entry to the competition, as Baylor's Art Briles, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Vanderbilt's James Franklin and Louisville's Charlie Strong are reportedly the front-runners, as of last week. Furthermore, Mora was courted by Washington a few weeks earlier, but decided to stay at UCLA. He signed a six-year contract extension through 2019 after that, and followed that by denying interest in leaving UCLA.
Fisher's potential exit from the race — he signed a contract extension worth $4.1 million a year several days ago — was part of what motivated these new discussions with Mora.