SANTA CLARA – Colt McCoy, one of the most popular players in University of Texas history, has received more than his share of phone calls this week.
Any guesses what people want to talk to him about?
The future of Texas football coach Mack Brown, the Longhorns coach of 16 seasons, is unsettled. And speculation is that the Longhorns could attempt to land 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh for an unprecedented NFL-to-college jump.
“I don’t see that there’s any way,” McCoy said prior to 49ers’ departure Friday afternoon to Tampa.
“I mean, at this point I think everything is a rumor,” McCoy continued. “That’s all we do right now is speculate. I learned a long time ago not to make any assumptions. I don’t even know what’s going to happen there (with Brown). I’ve gotten phone calls and talked to people but you still don’t ever know.”
Harbaugh said this week that he only talks about his current job. And McCoy finds it difficult to believe any job would interest Harbaugh enough to distract him at this point in the season with a team that appears heading to the playoffs.
“His focus and everyone’s focus is on beating Tampa,” McCoy said. “I know how much this team means to him. He’s coaching me the same way he’s been coaching me every day out there.”
McCoy was told that there’s never been a coach approaching Harbaugh’s stature leave the NFL for a college job.
Said McCoy, “I might be biased, but the Texas job hasn’t been open in 17 years, either.”