Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. UCLA defeated Virginia Tech 42-12. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA's Jim Mora to the University of Texas?

As anticipated, Jim Mora Jr., the Head Coach of the UCLA Bruins, is garnering interest from other major universities that have head coaching vacancies. This time; however, Mora may actually consider leaving the Bruins. Texas is calling.

University of Texas AD Steve Patterson, formerly of Arizona State University, has reportedly expressed interest in hiring Mora as the successor to longtime Head Coach Mack Brown, who stepped down after the Alamo Bowl after 16 years at the helm.

Apparently Mora is intrigued with the idea as well and the two sides have had conversations. Who wouldn’t be? It’s Texas. It’s one of the five best jobs in the country for head football coaches. It also pays a heck of a lot more than the UCLA job does. So would Mora, who is 18-8 in two seasons at UCLA, leave the Bruins high and dry?

Only Mora can answer that question; however, Mora would be doing a disservice to himself by not at least being open to the idea and having an open dialogue with Patterson and UCLA AD Dan Guerrero.

This much we know: Texas is going to hire a Head Football Coach by January 15th when the so-called “dead period” concludes. If Jim Mora does leave to become the Head Coach of the Longhorns we will all know about it very soon. If Mora does decide to leave he will have left the Bruins in a much better place than he found them in; however, he would be leaving them during a critical junction in his tenure and it would almost ensure that Brett Hundley, UCLA’s star QB, would leave for the NFL. It’s a big decision. What would you do?


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  • Derek Hart

    Chances of Mora leaving Westwood for Austin: Less then 1/2 of 1% as if he does, everything he said about being a man of integrity, wanting to build a legacy at UCLA, and wanting to be near his parents in Palm Springs would all be a lie.
    And he would be seen in Bruin Nation as nothing but a traitor as the third game of UCLA’s 2014 season is against…you guessed it, Texas in Dallas
    Besides, if he can turn down his alma mater Washington, he can certainly turn down this, no matter how prestigious the job is.
    And I have just heard that he has said no to an interview with the Longhorns.
    Go Mora! Go Bruins!