University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves will remove the interim tag and install Mike Perrin as the school’s permanent men’s athletic director with a two-year contract, a high-ranking UT source confirmed to the American-Statesman.
Horns247 first reported on Wednesday that Fenves was “strongly considering” extending Perrin’s contract after naming him the interim AD in mid-September when Steve Patterson was fired after 22 months on the job.
UT officials had no comment Wednesday about the speculation surrounding Perrin’s job status. Perrin himself did not return a message left by the Statesman.
Perrin’s primary job when he was named the interim AD was to calm the waters. At the time, Fenves and Perrin agreed to a one-year contract worth $750,000.
Multiple UT constituencies were frustrated with the way Patterson went about his job — raising ticket prices, charging extra for parking and turning off some fans with his cool demeanor.
Since Perrin took over, the atmosphere inside the athletic department has changed dramatically.
Prior to the Thanksgiving game against Texas Tech, football coach Charlie Strong said, “Mike’s an unbelievable person, and he’s going to do a great job. He just he has that leadership ability about him where he can get things done.”
Still, Fenves said several times that a search for a permanent athletic director wouldn’t likely begin in earnest until after the football season, and most likely in the spring. That’s not necessary now.
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