Tyler, Texas (FOX51) — According to media reports out of Los Angeles and Texas, the top candidate for the University of Texas head football coaching job, UCLA's Jim Mora, is committed to the Bruins and is not interested in the Texas job.
The Los Angeles Times asked Mora about the rumors Texas wanted him to be the next coach of the Longhorns and Mora responded with the following:
"It's always flattering when someone is interested in you. But I am committed to being the UCLA coach."
The LA Times reports Texas officials made contact with Mora in mid-December after Mack Brown was released from the Longhorns and Mora told them he was not interested.
This blow to the Texas coaching search comes minutes after Baylor's Art Briles put to rest any rumors he was heading to Texas with a statement saying he is a Baylor Bear and will continue to coach in Waco.
Mora, a University of Washington alum, became the Bruins' 17th head coach in UCLA history in December 2011. Prior to coming to Los Angeles, Mora was the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.
The University of Texas Athletic Director, Steve Patterson, announced Brown's successor would be revealed by January 15.