University of Texas Fires Athletic Director Steve Patterson

Updated 9/15/2015 7:51p ET - Statement from University of Texas:

Steve Patterson:

I am very proud of what we have accomplished in a relatively short period of time, including the historic addition of coaches in football and basketball, improvements to ticketing operations, facilities and other initiatives that will greatly benefit our Longhorn student-athletes and the many fans who care deeply about them. As a Longhorn myself, a graduate of the University and its law school, I want nothing but the best for my alma mater, and I wish President Fenves and everyone at UT-Austin well as we continue the journey. I leave behind a motivated and dedicated team committed to the world-class standards that all Longhorns expect.

Greg Fenves:

The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Houston attorney Mike Perrin to serve as Interim Men's Athletics Director at least through August to replace Steve Patterson, who has resigned. A severance and transition agreement is pending approval by The UT System Board of Regents.

Original story 9/15/2015 10:20a:

Color me surprised. In a surprising move, according to the Austin-American Statesman, the University of Texas will part ways with athletic director Steve Patterson. Patterson is under contract through 2019 and is owed about $5 million dollars. Trouble for Patterson came to light in June when Chip Brown of Horns Digest reported many alumni, coaches, faculty weren't happy with many of Patterson's changes and his insistence on cost-cutting.

One of these changes caused longtime band-director Rob Carnochan to resign, and recently caused an issue about tickets for bands visiting Darrel K. Royal Stadium. Per Kirk Bohls of the Austin-American Statesman, former Texas Linebacker Mike Perrin will serve as interim athletic director. This probably didn't help Patterson's case:

A personal opinion by this writer: I don't disagree with many of the changes Patterson was trying to make, because in the end college athletics in 2015 does need to be treated like a business, BUT someone who isn't the athletic director needs to serve as the hatchet man. I personally believe this is what did Dave Brandon in at Michigan, and it should have served as navigational buoy for Steve Patterson. Find someone else to do your dirty work. 

Steve Patterson:

Steve Patterson's Contract Details

Steve Patterson's Wikipedia Page

Canzano: Steve Patterson and Texas... theater worth watching again [John Canzano/The Oregonian]

Mike Perrin

From the University of Texas:

Houston’s Perrin earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics and a law degree from UT Austin, where he was a Longhorn football letterman during the late 1960s. He is owner of Michael W. Perrin PLLC and is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Perrin was appointed by the UT System Board of Regents to the Council for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and also led fundraising campaigns at the law school for the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts and "The Texas Campaign: An Investment in Students."

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