A Texas cheer squad member waves the Longhorn flag after a first half score against Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, October 2, 2010. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

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Texas communications chief leaving after 4 months

Posted January 8th, 2016


Kevin Mortesen, the communications specialist hired in September to oversee the Texas athletics media relations department, has resigned after only four months and will return to California, he told the American-Statesman.

Friday was Mortesen’s last day in the UT offices in the north end zone of Royal-Memorial Stadium.

“After much consideration and thought and emotion, my wife and I have decided that it’s in the best interest of our family that we begin the process of moving back to California,” Mortesen said. “I truly appreciate having had the opportunity the come to the University of Texas and be part of the Longhorns’ athletic department.


“I’m confident that the communications team will continue to serve the student-athletes, coaches and media in an excellent manner,” he added.

Before coming to Texas, Mortesen was a vice president for communications at DineEquity, the company that owns Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants. He was announced as UT’s Chief Communications Officer on Sept. 8 and began work full-time at Texas in October.

“I appreciated the opportunity,” Mortesen said of his time at UT. “This really was a personal family decision. I have great respect for the University of Texas.”

Sports information officials usually assist reporters with their daily coverage of Longhorns athletics. However, the Texas’ media relations office created news of its own in 2015.

Former athletic director Steve Patterson fired longtime football official John Bianco in June, only to see current AD Mike Perrin bring Bianco back in late October. Football assistant Thomas Stepp resigned after Bianco’s firing but was hired back. Sensing instability, other media relations officials left for different Big 12 schools, and not all positions have been filled, including the baseball position. The baseball season begins in mid-February.

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