Texas Contacts Mora's Representatives

We have the inside information about Jim Mora and the Texas head coaching job...

Representatives of UCLA coach Jim Mora are listening to the University of Texas about its head coaching job, according to sources.

Those sources told us that the interest Texas is showing in Mora is serious, and that led to contact between Texas and Mora's representatives earlier today.

Mora, though, apparently, isn't Texas's first choice but the university considers him a viable potential option, which has spurred the discussion.

Mora, then, has not formally been offered the job, but general terms in regard to the coach's salary, assistant coaches' salaries and other perks have been discussed, including some considerable support for Mora's charitable endeavors.

There have been rumblings around the UCLA program, too, today, expressing concern that Texas could be a legitimate threat to entice Mora.

The new, re-negotiated contract extension that UCLA and Mora agreed to in early December after the University of Washington pursued Mora has yet to be approved by the UC Regents. Sources have indicated that there is an interim buyout in effect, however, and that buyout approaches $10 million.

No sources have indicated that Mora has expressed interest in the job, other than his representatives listening to Texas's representatives. In fact, sources very close to the situation are confident Mora, despite the potential astronomical salary and the perks, and all of the advantages of the Texas program, will remain at UCLA.

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