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November 11, 2008 3:35 PM

On the Mora-ESPN report

Posted by Bob Condotta

A report on ESPN's College Football Live today has stirred up some intrigue as Joe Schad said today that there may still be interest by the Huskies in Seahawks-coach-in-waiting Jim Mora.

I can't find an actual transcript, but I talked with someone at ESPN who told me that what Schad said is that despite Mora's statement that he is not a candidate that "that has not precluded Washington from pursuing Mora in a manner similar to how Alabama pursued Nick Saban.'' Saban was coach of the Dolphins last year and denied interest in the Alabama job before eventually taking it when the school offered an eight-year, $32 million deal.

So in essence, the report is that UW may still be trying to go after Mora. The report didn't indicate whether Mora is anymore willing to think about the UW job, which would likely be the bigger issue given his contractual obligations to the Seahawks.

I talked with several people today who indicated to me that they didn't think anything has necessarily changed with Mora. Even after his statement of Oct. 31 that he was not a candidate, rumblings around the program have been that UW would remain interested in Mora. But again, the bigger issue is whether Mora would be willing to leave the Seahawks. UW isn't thought likely to go above $3 million a year to hire a coach and Mora has a contract promising him $4 million. Of course, money may not be the sole issue, especially if UW were to get closer to Mora's Seahawks deal.

Word is that the Huskies are willing to be patient. One person said that UW's search is considered to be pretty "slow-moving'' compared to some of the other schools that have openings, such as Clemson and Tennessee.

UW athletic director Scott Woodward said last week that he didn't anticipate a hire until after the regular season, or until early to mid-December.

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