SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 - Texas interim athletic director, Mike Perrin, right, with his grand daughters, Grace Perrin, 11, and Eliza Perrin, 8, during the pre-game activities of the NCAA game between Texas and California held at Darrell K Royal -Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Tx., on Saturday, September 19, 2015. California defeated Texas 45-44. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Mike Perrin calls Joe Wickline lawsuit ‘a distraction.’

Posted October 3rd, 2015

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Texas interim athletic director Mike Perrin called Oklahoma State’s lawsuit against Joe Wickline “a distraction” to the Texas football program.

Perrin, a personal-injury lawyer, told reporters before Saturday’s game at TCU that he has requested documents on the lawsuit, but would not say if he will try to settle out of court.

Texas is not a party to the lawsuit, and former athletic director Steve Patterson was consistent that the university would not get involved. Oklahoma State is seeking about $600,000, believing Wickline violated the terms of his contract by leaving for a job at Texas that does not have play-calling duties.

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The case is set to go to court on March 8 in Payne County, Okla. Perrin had no comment on whether he’d be comfortable with quarterback Tyrone Swoopes testifying.

As for Texas’ athletic apparel negotiations, Perrin said, “I’d like to get that off my plate.” The university is expected to entertain pitches from Under Armour and Nike, with whom Texas has had a partnership since 2000.

Perrin was wearing burnt orange Nikes.

“They’re very comfortable,” he said.

Perrin would not comment on the officiating in last week’s loss to Oklahoma State when the Longhorns were flagged for 16 penalties.

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