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Twitter users want Matthew McConaughey for Texas athletic director

Posted September 15th, 2015

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How about a former Longhorn, super-star actor with charismatic Texan charm for the next athletic director? Alright, alright, alright.

Following the news of Steve Patterson’s dismissal from the athletic director position at Texas after a tumultuous 22 months, the next logical question raised was who would take the high-stakes job. Amid the naturally expected suggestions, such as rehiring Deloss Dodds or bringing back former Texas football coach Mack Brown, Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey’s name popped up on Twitter. Yes, among people who have worked in a capacity of athletic position jobs, is a guy who famously was arrested in Austin while playing the bongos naked after police entered his home after smelling marijuana.

https://twitter.com/carrizalesj92/status/643814240374001664

It’s no secret that McConaughey loves football. He can sometimes be seen on the sidelines before home football games…

Actor Matthew Mcconaughey poses for a photo with Texas's William Russ before the Iowa State game at Texas Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Tx., on Saturday, October 18, 2014. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Actor Matthew Mcconaughey poses for a photo with Texas’s William Russ before the Iowa State game at Texas Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Tx., on Saturday, October 18, 2014. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

…and has a suite at the stadium where flags are hung out from the windows to easily identify its location.

OCTOBER 4, 2014 - Matthew McConaughey, center, Texas fan, watches the action between Texas and Baylor during the second half of action held at the University of Texas Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Baylor defeated Texas 28-7. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Matthew McConaughey, center, Texas fan, watches the action between Texas and Baylor during the second half of action held at the University of Texas Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Baylor defeated Texas 28-7. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Could you imagine a Texas athletic director more comfortable in a t-shirt than suits at press conferences?

https://twitter.com/bobnordin/status/643791818811830272

But maybe the fans are right. Here’s a picture of McConaughey schmoozing with friends before an event with UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven and Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. Networking should come easy to a guy whose job it is to make people believe the words coming out of his mouth.

USE THIS PHOTO SECONDARY Matthew McConaughey speaks with friends while waiting for the program interview with UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven and Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at the Austin Club in Downtown Austin Texas on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2015.(RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Matthew McConaughey speaks with friends while waiting for the program interview with UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven and Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at the Austin Club in Downtown Austin Texas on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2015.(RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

And let’s not forget McConaughey has a successful partner ship with former coach Brown and Texas country singer Jack Ingram with their Mack, Jack and McConaughey organization.

Jack Ingram, Mack Brown and Matthew McConaughey on the links during Mack, Jack & McConaughey in 2013.
Jack Ingram, Mack Brown and Matthew McConaughey on the links during Mack, Jack & McConaughey in 2013.

 

Is the idea really that far-fetched?

(Spoiler alert: Of course, because Texas already hired an interim athletic director, Mike Perrin)

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