Safe to say the Powers that be (get it? ... that's good stuff, I need to copyright that) did not expect every coach in the United States to extend its middle finger to the University of Texas-Austin, but they are all only too happy to cash in on the leverage for a raise.
Alabama's Nick Saban said he never spoke to the people in Austin about the job, although he failed to mention whether his agent ever did. Saban just used the threat of another job for a raise. Perhaps those distractions explained his team's two-game season-ending losing streak.
Florida State's Jimbo Fisher just signed an extension to remain at FSU.
Fresh off having his fanny kicked in the Fiesta Bowl by Central Florida, Baylor coach Art Briles issued a press release via Baylor that said he will not pursue any other coaching job. Good move. He signed a 10-year extension.
The latest name was Jim Mora Jr. at UCLA. But according to a Tweet from Chris Foster of the LA Times, "No talks, no chance. Mora will see Longhorns: as UCLA coach in Sept. game".
One of the major problems UT may have in luring away a coach from another top program is that all of these places are paying millions of dollars to coach football. There is a quality of life issue. The perception is that UT comes with more hassles - i.e. The Longhorn Network - and political landmines that other gigs.
And Lord knows just because you coach Texas does not a guarantee of a national title.
So ... Charlie Strong, David Shaw and James Franklin, what are you doing these days?
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