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First Briles, now Mora: Thanks, but no thanks

Posted January 3rd, 2014

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First, Baylor’s Art Briles issued a statement today saying he was staying put in Waco.

Now, UCLA’s Jim Mora — the subject of reports Thursday that Texas had already held conversations with Mora or Mora’s representatives — has issued a statement saying he’s out, too.

“It is always flattering when someone is interested in you, but I am committed to being the UCLA coach,” Mora told the Los Angeles Times.

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Remaining candidates who have been the focus of the most speculation: Among others, Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher. Strong already has interviewed with Texas athletic director Steve Patterson; Fisher is preparing for Monday’s national championship game.

Patterson said earlier this week that he wanted Texas’ next coach to be in place by Jan. 15, the end of the NCAA’s dead period for recruiting.

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