With UCLA and Texas set to square off this weekend at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, several stories have popped up about UCLA head coach Jim Mora and how – if circumstances had been different – he might be the head coach of the Longhorns. While Mora has consistently claimed that he turned down the job at Texas to remain at UCLA, sources close to both programs have told us that is a complete fabrication.
In an expansive interview with Chris Low of ESPN, Mora detailed his discussions with Texas representatives, claiming they met for four hours at a private residence in Manhattan Beach, California. He went on to claim that Texas was so hot after him that the school even offered him the use of a private jet to fly his parents to games.
Mora has maintained for months that he turned down Texas to stay at UCLA, where he finally felt at home. The truth is, he was never offered the Texas job and at no point was he the top option on the school’s list.