PITTSBURGH -- Echoing what ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said Sunday morning regarding the University of Texas’ interest in Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin here are three words: Not. Gonna. Happen.
Texas’ interest in Tomlin is easy to see. He is a young, accomplished coach whose greatest strength is his ability to connect with and motivate players. And imagine a guy who oozes charisma and has a Super Bowl ring closing the deal in the living room of a recruit.
But any Tomlin to Texas talk is coming from Austin, not Pittsburgh. Tomlin already has his dream job, and consider how passionately he talked about the NFL a couple of weeks ago when he issued a sweeping apology for his sideline interference in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night.
Tomlin’s heart clearly lies with the NFL, and his job with the Steelers is safe even though the franchise is in the midst of back-to-back non-winning seasons for the first time since the late 1990s.
I walked by Tomlin in the Steelers’ locker room last Thursday and flashed him a hook ‘em horns sign, and he laughed derisively and said he wasn’t going to give me a story.
Not that I was fishing, as there is none here.
Tomlin will not be Texas’ next football coach.