GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy wasn’t planning on watching the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, even though the game’s outcome would have a direct impact on his team’s playoff hopes.
The Green Bay Packers coach had other games he wanted to watch.
“I really have no interest in watching the game. I’ve got to pay attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers,” McCarthy said Monday afternoon. “And, Jack and George have basketball games tonight, so I’m going to try to catch that.”
McCarthy and his wife, Jessica, have five children in their blended family, and the fact that their two sons’ basketball games were a priority Monday night goes a long way toward explaining why McCarthy probably isn’t interested in the University of Texas head-coaching job. McCarthy was among the potential candidates mentioned in a report Sunday by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who said McCarthy was one of the NFL coaches the school wanted to speak with after Mack Brown announced his resignation last week.
Later Sunday, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said that the Longhorns’ next coach would have extensive college coaching experience, something McCarthy lacks. He hasn’t coached in college football since he was at the University of Pittsburgh in the early 1990s.
McCarthy’s name makes sense only in that he has an offseason home in Austin, Texas. Asked about the report Monday, he didn’t specifically say that he’s not interested in the job, but he didn’t sound interested.
“The University of Texas, Austin is a great city. My daughter (Alex) obviously grew up there,” McCarthy said. “But I am proud to be a Green Bay Packer. It’s an honor to hold this position. This is home for me. This is home for my family.”
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