UT fans want us to believe that Art was never offered, but would have taken the job if directly offered. I.e. He didn't want to get into a sticky situation with Baylor if it didn't pan out. Plausible.
To back this up, they're saying that Mora and Art were both informed they were no longer candidates. Thus the nearly simultaneous annoucements of "I'm staying put." Ok, hrrrm.
Let's analyze this: we know now that Charlie had not actually accepted the job at that point, and we aren't even sure of the exact time he was offered. Given that, why would UT cross two excellent candidates off for good, without having an assurance that they had their man? Strong pulled a 180 on the Other UT just last year, so caution was warranted.
So here's my version of events:
1. UT had a deal with Saban but the Mack/Powers Resignation Fiasco permanently sabotaged that. [a source that I give All The Trust confirmed that, at the very least, high ranking Baylorites believe that to be true. ]
2. UT looks around at some NFL people. It's a no-go.
3. UT looks at Fisher. It's a no-go.
4. UT interviews Franklin. decides it 's a no-go.
5. UT offers Art, conditionally. He says no.
6. UT offers Mora. He says no.
7. UT offers Strong. He says yes.
My justification for 5 & 6 is this: Schefter has reported that Mora was offered. Schefty doesn't lie and usually isn't wrong. Mora didn't care about leaking the truth because he could care less about UT. Art hasn't said anything publicly because he doesn't want to have a bigger target on his back than already exists in the Eyes of Texas...
This is just as plausible a sequence as the UT narrative, except it takes all the shine off of the turd.
you're welcome. =)
Charlie Strong, welcome to Texas w/its vast wealth, swagger, political intrigue, fan discontent, TV network and grandiose view of self— Jim Vertuno (@JimVertuno) January 5, 2014