We're barely four full days into the Texas job officially being open, and already a dozen coaches have issued denials about their interest in the job. That's three per day. This site has not jumped into the fray reporting every denial, because nothing substantial has happened at this point. Just today, Texas announced its formation of an eight-member advisory committee and the hiring of the Korn/Ferry International search firm. Personally, I'd be surprised if this was wrapped up before New Year's Day.
There's a greater than zero chance the next Texas coach has issued one the denials below, and there's a 100 percent chance each and every one of them was flattered to be asked.
Let this thing play out, people.
“I’m going to talk about our team, that’s all I’m going to talk about. I ain’t getting into all the rumors. It’s unfair to those teams and our team. We’re planning here, getting ready for a game, that’s where I plan on being, right here getting ready for a game. That’s my soul focus and that is it.”
"Really excited about the program-development period we are in right now and working with these young guys. Really excited about playing Houston. We've watched them on film. We think they're really talented. I think it is going to be a challenge for us. That's what our focus is. Any of those other things, we don't talk about. They are outside of our control or focus or concern."
"We're not concerned about any other program or any other job or anything like that. We're committed to being here. I think our recruits and our players know that, and that's all we can do ... The only people I've talked to is my team and my players, and we're focused on Arizona State and taking this program to national prominence."
"I learned from a year ago that I don't even get involved."
"Are you trying to be funny? "I don't ever talk about any job other than the one I have."
“I’m not involved in any jobs. I’m the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles,” Kelly said. “I’m going to prepare for the Bears and prepare for the Cowboys after that. Hopefully we have an opportunity to go to the playoffs and I’m going to be here for a while.”
"I'm a good fit for Auburn Tigers. That's why I signed a contract the day before the SEC Championship. Like I said before, I'm tickled to death to be here."
"Oh please, let's not kick my name around."
“It’s all just rumors,” Mora said. “It’s flattering, and it says a lot about our program and the direction we’re heading, but I am very, very, very, extremely, delightfully happy to be the head coach at UCLA. I want to be for a long, long time. I’m happy they want me here."
"The way this sort of got spun, it was a little bit more like, 'OK, he got a new contract at Alabama, so he's going to stay at Alabama instead of going to Texas. I never considered going to Texas. That wasn't even a conversation. "I knew that if Mack stepped down, there would probably be an opportunity, but it wasn't something I was interested in doing, not at this stage in my career."
Has not issued a verbal denial, but Adam Schefter reported Shaw intends to remain at Stanford.
"I don't even think about it. I don't even worry about it. I have a good job here. I have a really good job here. There's a lot of work to be done here. The only thing I can control is what's happening right here."
"I always had a desire to compete in this sport at the highest level. But you don't know if those opportunities are going to be presented to you. I think that once you're exposed to football at this level, you realize there's only one bowl game – the Super Bowl. The rest of that stuff is nice trips and sweatsuits and watches."