UCLA football: Jim Mora to Texas? Tell me another one

UCLA football: Jim Mora to Texas? Tell me another one
UCLA Coach JIm Mora watches his team warm up before playing USC last season. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The rumors that started Thursday about


Coach Jim Mora talking about the


coaching job were another example of the less-than-harmonic-conversion when coach-search meets the World Wide Web.

Are Texas boosters interested in Mora? Maybe.

I was interested in Christie Brinkley back in the day. She never returned my call either.

Mora made it clear three weeks ago that he was not interested in the Texas job when Longhorns officials made contact with his representative. That his agent, Jimmy Sexton, represents half the college football world means he has talked with Texas people about any number of coaches.


Is it possible that Mora's name was brought up by Texas folk? Maybe.

Does that mean there are conversations? No.

Mora has never deviated from his stance that Texas was not in his future. A person familiar with the situation said Thursday that the new chatter was nothing more than an Internet flare-up.

It happens.

During UCLA’s last coach search, Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel was “spotted” on the Westwood campus. And boosters believed all they had to do was give Urban Meyer a big wad of cash and he’d come west. And talks between UCLA officials and Boise State Coach Chris Petersen were still going on.

Tressel was a mirage. Meyer was as interested in UCLA three years ago as he was in talking about former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Mora was hired a day after the last Internet report about Petersen.

Texas boosters believe that being the Longhorns coach is the greatest job on Earth. If that’s true, why is Nick Saban still in Tuscaloosa?

This just in …

Jim Mora headed to Texas.

Yes he is, in September when UCLA plays the Longhorns at Cowboys Stadium.