Seahawks' Mora releases statement saying he's not a candidate at Washington

A day after refusing to talk about whether he wanted to be a candidate for the Washington coaching job, Jim Mora, a Seattle Seahawks assistant slated to replace Mike Holmgren as head coach in 2009, released a statement saying he wasn't interested in the job.

The statement reads:

"I am not a candidate for the University of Washington coaching vacancy, I wish the university well with their search and the program nothing but sustained success in the future.''

The Seattle Times reported Friday that there had been some informal contact between the school and Mora, but Mora had relayed that he planned to remain with the Seahawks.

Mora is a former Huskies linebacker who began his coaching career at UW as a graduate assistant under Don James in 1984. He has already signed a contract to succeed Holmgren. The deal is believed to be worth almost $5 million annually.

Washington (0-7), one of two winless teams in major college football, fired coach Tyrone Willingham on Monday effective at the end of this season for being 11-32 in three-plus seasons.

Ted Miller covers the Pac-10 for ESPN.com and can be reached at tedmillerespn@gmail.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.