The Texas Longhorns are in the midst of looking for their next head coach after Mack Brown stepped down following the team’s 30-7 loss in the Valero Alamo Bowl to the Oregon Ducks. The school figures to make a quick decision with an impact hire to make sure that the Horns can get moving on the 2014 recruiting class. They may be zeroing in on their guy according to reports as they are allegedly heavily leaning towards Jim Mora of the UCLA Bruins.
According to sources, the school has had contact with representatives of Mora in recent days to gauge the mutual interest in the job opening. Mora has made a quick impact on the UCLA program since taking over two seasons ago, posting an 18-8 record and back-to-back victories over the cross-town rival USC Trojans. He’s been dynamite on the recruiting trail, bringing one of the top recruiting classes in the Pac-12 to UCLA last season and has changed the feeling around the Bruins’ program and build a strong foundation for a Pac-12 contender for years to come.
His fire and intensity has served him well on the college football sidelines after sometimes getting him into trouble during his stints in the NFL. His energy would help to revive a Texas program that has suffered some flat performances in recent years, suffering four straight seasons of at least four losses. With the facilities and resources that Texas can offer, it’s easy to see why the Horns are interested in putting a sparkplug like Mora in the head coaching job in an attempt to jumpstart the Texas program after a period of stagnancy.
Mora has officially denied having any contact with the Texas job but that hasn’t meant much in previous job openings in college football. Texas will move quickly to get a coach in place by January 15 when the “dead period” in recruiting ends and coaches can once again make contact with recruits. When Texas starts ramping up for National Signing Day, will Jim Mora be leading the charge in burnt orange?