The University of Texas' search for a new head football coach has shifted to the West Coast and UCLA head coach Jim Mora, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy and Adam Schefter.
Representatives for Texas and Mora reportedly discussed the job opening on Thursday, but Mora declined to take the head coaching position in Austin.
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson reportedly interviewed Louisville head coach Charlie Strong on Tuesday.
Mora agreed to a UCLA contract extension through 2019 in December that reportedly included promises to increase pay for his assistant coaches and a commitment to improve the program’s facilities. He signed a five-year, $11.235-million contract when hired by UCLA in 2012, and a one-year, $2.5-million extension a year ago.
Texas very interested in UCLA's Jim Mora. UT & reps of Mora had conversations today sources told @AdamSchefter
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 2, 2014
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>UCLA's Jim Mora was offered Texas job but turned it down <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter">@AdamSchefter</a> reports</p>— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) <a href="https://twitter.com/McMurphyESPN/statuses/419303432386646016">January 4, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>