According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen not only is new Longhorns athletic director Steve Patterson considering several college coaches for the vacant head coaching position, but there are also a few names from the professional ranks that Patterson would like to add to his Christmas wish list.
Included on that list: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, Seahawks and former USC coach Pete Carroll, Eagles and former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
Mortensen said, "League sources say that the Texas Longhorns have an A-list of NFL coaches as candidates they would explore," Mortensen said. "The timeline may seem awkward but the recruiting period goes dead tonight through Jan. 15. Texas actually has a very healthy allotment of recruits already committed. And money, that's not problem at Texas. There is no indication however that interest from NFL coaches on the Texas list will be reciprocated yet."
NFL Media columnist Mike Silver reported that San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has told the franchise's upper management that he is staying with the 49ers.
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers) was another name mentioned, but he quickly put those rumors to rest, calling the inclusion of his name on the list "absurd".
The most interesting selection might be McCarthy.
According to Mortensen, McCarthy has a home in Lake Travis, near Austin.
McCarthy hasn't been involved in the college game since 1993, when he was a wide receivers coach for the University of Pittsburgh.
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