Several NFL coaches not interested in University of Texas job
Numerous possible candidates to fill the head football coaching vacancy at the University of Texas were bandied about in the media the past few days, and most of them are denying interest.
NFL head coaches Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers, Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers are among those who seem to have no interest in the Texas position.
Kelly said Monday that he is not looking to move.
“I understand you have to ask the question,” he said. “I’m not involved in any jobs. I haven’t talked to anybody. It’s just speculation. I haven’t spoken to anybody, nor will I speak to anybody.
“I’m the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. I’m going to prepare for the Bears (on Sunday). We’re going to prepare for the Cowboys after that.”
“Hopefully, we have an opportunity to go to the playoffs, and I plan to be here for a while.”
ESPN reported that McCarthy’s name was on the list of candidates compiled by Texas athletic director Steve Patterson.
McCarthy has an offseason home in the Austin, Texas, area, but he said he is not interested.
“I don’t have a reaction (to the report),” McCarthy said. “Number one, the University of Texas ... Austin is a great city. My (oldest) daughter grew up there. But, I am proud to be a Green Bay Packer. It’s an honor to hold this position. This is home for me. This is home for my family.”
Tomlin also issued a denial of interest in Texas.
“I always had a desire to compete in this sport at the highest level,” Tomlin said Sunday, according to FOXSports.com. “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.”
Harbaugh wouldn’t discuss the Longhorns’ opening.
“Are you trying to be funny?” Harbaugh replied when asked last week about the Texas job. “I don’t ever talk about any job other than the one I have.”
According to a Pro Football Talk report, the 49ers plan to sign Harbaugh to an extension after this season.
David Shaw of Stanford has not publicly commented about Texas rumors, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Shaw won’t leave for the NFL this season.
When Arizona State head coach Todd Graham was asked about the Texas job, he said, according to FOXSports.com, “I want to build a national power here.”
In an interview with FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix, Graham said, “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.”
Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, the coaches whose teams will square off in the BCS national title game, both agreed to contract extensions with their schools earlier this month.