University of Texas Athletic director Mike Perrin answers questions during a press conference at the Centennial Room of Bellmont Hall on Thursday, June 30, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Bohls: Mike Perrin doesn’t have the chops or power to make a potential head coach hire

Posted October 26th, 2016

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Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo related items:

On Texas’ athletic director situation and potentially hiring a new football coach:

If Texas fires Charlie Strong and can’t hire a top head coach to replace him, Longhorn Nation will have Gregory L. Fenves to blame. The Texas president needs to replace men’s athletic director Mike Perrin now or give him a long-term contract and remove the ambiguity regarding his future because possible successors to Strong will want to know who their boss will be long-term. Perrin doesn’t have the chops or the power to make this hire. When asked to describe Perrin’s role in deciding Strong’s future, one high-ranking school official told me, “He has a voice, but not a vote. It will be Fenves’ decision.” Perrin made a good hire in new baseball coach David Pierce, but it took a month and Pierce is totally unproven on the postseason stage. Perrin has not shown a public persona, and he hasn’t had a single news conference in 13 months other than the brief one to introduce Pierce. He has provided stability. An athletic department spokesman said a record $40.1 million was raised through the athletic department’s annual campaign during the 2015-16 fiscal year, which ended in August; Longhorn Foundation membership has hit an all-time high, above 15,000; and season-ticket sales rose six percent. Perrin’s giving coaches support, too. One source said to think of him “as a middle reliever” or setup man for the next AD. Perrin’s a good guy who loves UT, but I don’t think he is equipped for a job that’s so demanding. Why, even radio talk show host Erin Hogan mentioned the “vacuum of leadership” and the need for a “strong AD” on his Tuesday show. And he works for the flagship station for Texas.

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On rumors that Tom Herman has already been hired by Texas:

Don’t believe reports stating that Strong has been fired and Tom Herman already is packing his bags for Austin. Remember, multiple media outlets reported that Nick Saban would succeed Mack Brown at UT. The American-Statesman never did because president Bill Powers and men’s athletic director Steve Patterson made it very clear to us that Saban would not be hired. If Strong is let go, you’ll hear the usual candidate names — Herman, Jimbo Fisher, Les Miles, Chris Petersen and Chip Kelly. Here are five super long-shot candidates that Texas should consider: Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin (smart, experienced, more mature); Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (Longhorn legacy, brilliant offensive mind); Utah’s Kyle Whittingham (maybe the most under-rated coach in America; he’s 9-1 in bowl games); Bob Stoops (you want him gone, OU fans; try rooting against him); and Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck (who’s only 35).

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on why Mike Perrin shows up to Charlie Strong’s press conferences, Brock Osweiler and track coach Mario Sategna’s future at Texas, click here.

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