Seahawks' Mora sidesteps Washington question

October, 30, 2008
10/30/08
8:33
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Not much new came from Jim Mora's conversation with reporters after Seahawks practice Thursday, but Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer does offer one tidbit: Mora's deal to become the Seahawks' next head coach does not include an out clause letting him explore the coaching vacancy at the University of Washington.

The questions about Mora and the job at his alma mater stem from the infamous radio interview in which Mora called coaching the Huskies his dream job. The comments contributed to Mora's ouster as Falcons coach.

As time has passed, I've become less convinced that the comments meant Mora would rather coach at Washington than serve as a head coach in the NFL. There was certainly room for reasonable people to think otherwise. But he might have been simply bantering on the air with radio host and former college roommate Hugh Millen. He chose his words poorly and paid a price.

Mora wants to avoid saying anything that might detract from Mike Holmgren's final season as head coach. He wants to avoid misspeaking this time. The Seahawks have consistently made him off-limits to questions about his future beyond this season. I'm sure Mora will address this story at some point. For now, however, the timing apparently isn't right.

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