According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, via reports in the Milwaukee Sentinel and Dallas Morning News, new University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has compiled a list of NFL head coaches that he is considering for the vacant Longhorns head coaching position. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is on that list.
Also on the list are San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh, Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly and Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy. According to Mortensen, “There is no indication however that interest from NFL coaches on the Texas list will be reciprocated.”
Harbaugh is already on the record that he intends to stay with the 49ers and Kelly said Monday that any talk linking him to the Texas job is “pure speculation.”
The Texas job opened up when Mack Brown, who spent 16 years at the school, resigned earlier this week. Initially, Alabama’s Nick Saban had a reported interest in moving to Austin until he signed a long-term extension to stay with the Crimson Tide.
In the wake of Brown’s resignation, USA Today called Texas the “No. 1” job in college football.
“Where does this job rank among FBS positions? You’d make a strong case for No. 1, and even a detractor couldn’t put Texas outside the top three,” wrote USA Today. “It’s simple: UT has the money, the resources, the facilities, the history, the support, the prestige, the fan base and the recruiting ground to make this opening appealing to any coach with a whistle, a winning record, a few rings and the guts to take on the job.
“Longhorns’ next coach will be given a nearly incalculable number of built-in advantages. Perhaps none is bigger than the recruiting base at his disposal: UT does recruit nationally, if the prospect is right, but most of its business is done within the state’s borders – as fertile a bed as can be found in the country. Though rival schools have taken charge in Texas, notably Texas A&M, this program, with the right hire, Texas can regain its spot as the go-to destination for the state’s elite recruits.”
Carroll has not commented on the reports. The Seahawks are off Tuesday before they begin preparations to meet the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at CenturyLink Field.