One-time Texas Longhorns quarterback target Kyler Murray likely won't end up in burnt orange after all, according to a report from Orangebloods on Sunday:
Sources have told me Texas is not interested in Texas A&M QB Kyler Murray. UT is focused on future QBs Shane Buechele & Sam Ehlinger— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) December 21, 2015
Murray took a surprise visit to Austin last January and seriously considered the Longhorns before opting to follow in his father's footsteps and sign with the Texas A&M Aggies in February.
However, his time in College Station didn't work out and Murray transferred last week after only one season with the Aggies, even as the starting job appeared to be his to lose following the departure of another former five-star quarterback in Kyle Allen.
The reported decision not to pursue Murray is understandable, as the Horns will have five scholarship quarterbacks on campus this spring as it is and don't want to risk losing the commitments of 2016 early enrollee Shane Buechele or 2017 commit Sam Ehlinger.
And, as BON's own Curry Shoff pointed out, Murray's conduct in College Station was concerning:
But Murray also brings a lot of baggage. The reports out of College Station during the season show a young player suffering from an overwhelming sense of entitlement and self-worth. In October, it was reported that Kyler Murray was benched for cursing at his offensive coordinator about playing time. He also has a father who clearly has his helicopter piloting license.
That doesn't fit the Strong mantra. Nor should it. If Strong has gotten one thing right during his tenure as the Texas head coach, it's been correcting the entitlement-ridden mentality left behind by the previous regime. The locker room he has created is free of prima donnas.
I'm worried Murray would compromise that.
So, from the perspective of roster management and avoiding a potentially dangerous locker-room influence with a history of lashing out at fans and media, avoiding Murray looks like the right choice for Texas, despite his significant talent.