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Possible candidates continue to deny their interest to fill the head football coaching vacancy at the University of Texas.

The latest coaches in denial mode Tuesday: Louisville's Charlie Strong, UCLA's Jim Mora and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio.

Strong insists he's not thinking about the Texas speculation.

"I don't even think about it," Strong said, via Louisville Courier-Journal. "I don't even worry about it. I have a good job here. I have a really good job here. There's a lot of work to be done here. The only thing I can control is what's happening right here."

Mora was asked by reporters about the Texas opening on Tuesday.

"It's flattering," Mora said. "I think it says a lot about our program and the direction we're heading. But I am very, very, very, extremely, delightfully happy to be the head coach at UCLA and want to be for a long, long time. I couldn't be happier and more excited about the future of UCLA football. I'm happy they want me here."

At Michigan State, Dantonio's was asked about the Texas job at his Tuesday press conference.

"I guess the way I'd answer that question is I see Michigan State as the destination, not a stop," he said "That's how I see it. Flattering, but that's how I see it."

There are even odds on who will be the next Longhorns coach.

Gambling website Bovada.lv has list of potential replacements for Mack Brown, who announced on Saturday night that he is resigning after the Dec. 30 Valero Alamo Bowl game in San Antonio against Oregon.

According to the gambling website, Strong is a prohibitive 2/1 favorite to move on to Austin.

Strong is finishing up his fourth season at Louisville and his name has been connected to various high-profile openings during that time.

Here are the odds for the next coach at Texas:

--Charlie Strong (Louisville): 2/1

--Art Briles (Baylor): 9/2,

--James Franklin (Vanderbilt): 5/1

--Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State): 7/1

--Bill O'Brien (Penn State): 15/2

--Chip Kelly (Philadelphia Eagles): 10/1

--Jim Mora (UCLA): 10/1

--David Shaw (Stanford): 10/1

--Jimbo Fisher (Florida State): 15/1

--Jim Harbaugh (San Francisco 49ers): 20/1

--Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers): 20/1

--Top-ranked Florida State had four players, including Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, make the Associated Press' All-America first team.

In results announced Tuesday, Seminoles senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, senior center Bryan Stork and freshman kicker Roberto Aguayo joined Winston, a redshirt freshman, on the first team.

Florida State also put two players on the second team: junior defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and junior offensive tackle Cameron Erving.

Three players repeated on the first team: Arizona State senior defensive tackle Will Sutton, Alabama senior linebacker C.J. Mosley and Arizona junior running back Ka'Deem Carey.

Joining Winston and Carey in the first-team backfield are two other Heisman finalists: Boston College senior running back Andre Williams and Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan Lynch, who received an "all-purpose" All-America designation.

The first-team pass-catchers are Texas Tech senior tight end Jace Amaro, Oregon State junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks and Texas A&M sophomore wide receiver Mike Evans.

In addition to Erving, the first-team All-America offensive line consists of Texas A&M senior tackle Jake Matthews, Alabama junior tackle Cyrus Kouandijo, Stanford senior guard David Yankey and Baylor senior guard Cyril Richardson.

The defensive line features Sutton, Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Texas senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and Missouri senior defensive end Michael Sam.

The first-team linebackers are Mosley, Ohio State junior Ryan Shazier and UCLA senior Anthony Barr.

The defensive backfield consists of Joyner, Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Washington State senior safety Deone Bucannon, and Mississippi junior safety Cody Prewitt.

Memphis senior Tom Hornsey is the first-team punter.

The Seminoles' opponent in the upcoming BCS national-title game, had no players on the AP first team and just one on the second team, running back Tre' Mason, a Heisman finalist.

Last year's Heisman winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, heads this year's AP second team. The third-team quarterback is Alabama's AJ McCarron. Both Manziel and McCarron were Heisman finalists this season.

--Florida Atlantic introduced former Arkansas assistant Charlie Partridge as its head football coach on Tuesday.

Partridge joins FAU after one season as assistant head coach/defensive line coach at Arkansas and brings 17 seasons of collegiate coaching experience to the Owls' program.

A native of Plantation, Fla., Partridge is the fourth head football coach in FAU's football program's history. He has coached in nine bowl games and the Division I-AA playoffs during tenures at Drake, Iowa State, Eastern Illinois, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.

"I'm extremely excited to come back to South Florida and to build upon the program that Howard Schnellenberger started," Partridge said. "I look forward to this opportunity and to working with the high school coaches and the community leaders as we build FAU football."
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