Take Five: Q&A with a Cal beat writer

Each week of the season, the American-Statesman will interview the beat writer of Texas’ opponent. This week, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau — @Con_Chron — offers insight on the Texas-Cal matchup: Cal won one game in Sonny Dykes’ first season and five last year in his second. At that … Read More

Texas vs. Cal: Matchups that matter

Five key matchups to watch Saturday night: TEXAS’ DEFENSE VS. THIRD DOWN The Longhorns are dead last in the nation defending third downs, getting off of the field only about one-third of the time. That’s dreadful, and must be corrected. Particularly concerning is Texas’ … Read More

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Oklahoma State attorneys want to interview Tyrone Swoopes, Texas coaches

Oklahoma State lawyers have notified Texas officials they want to interview several UT coaches again and junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes in the ongoing lawsuit against offensive line coach Joe Wickline, the Associated Press reported late Thursday. OSU’s legal team pounced on UT coach Charlie Strong’s decision to strip play-calling duties … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Sonny Dykes is Cal-smart, not Cali-crazy

Sonny Dykes was born in Midland. He played baseball at Lubbock Coronado and Texas Tech. He coached at Monahans and Richardson Pearce and Navarro. His father coached as an assistant under Darrell Royal at Texas. He lived in places like Big Spring and Alice and so many spots that, by … Read More

Notebook: Vance Bedford watches, sees another Aaron Rodgers

Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford gets asked every week to compare the opposing team’s quarterback. California’s Jared Goff reminds him of Aaron Rodgers. Perhaps that’s because Rodgers went to Cal, too. Or maybe its because Goff is a talented passer that will be an extreme test for UT’s secondary. Goff … Read More

Chris Plonsky not interested in replacing Steve Patterson, she says

As Texas officials prepare to launch a search for a new men’s athletic director, there is some belief they should look no further than down the hallway. However, Chris Plonsky insists she is not interested in hopping into the seat vacated by Steve Patterson on Tuesday. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Perrin represents a return to normalcy for Texas

Remember when the athletic director was the quiet yet respect-commanding figure who only showed up to announce lucrative coaching extensions and eight-figure corporate agreements? Remember when the AD was often seen, but seldom heard? Remember when people talked more in September about what was going on between the lines and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Perrin may be interim, but is he also interested?

The first week, Texas got blown out by Notre Dame. The second week, both co-offensive coordinators got demoted. The third week, the athletic director got fired. Can’t wait for Oklahoma State week. The fire department needs to stay on high alert. Steve Patterson was out the door almost as fast … Read More

Mike Perrin introduced as Texas’ interim AD

This must’ve been one memorable Labor Day cookout. “I was at home about to fire up the grill,” Mike Perrin said Wednesday, “and my phone rang.” On the other end was Texas President Gregory L. Fenves. Two days after the Longhorns suffered a 35-point loss at Notre Dame to open the … Read More

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Texas college football fandom, mapped

Are the Longhorns in the AP Top 25? No. Are three other Texas teams? Yes. But the hearts of the geographic majority of the Lone Star State belong to the University of Texas, according to a new study. To identify where loyalties lie, the Remington Research Group conducted 1,900 interviews … Read More

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Red McCombs glad UT president ‘put that issue to rest’

Longtime Texas mega-booster Red McCombs said he was glad school president Gregory L. Fenves made the decision to part ways with athletic director Steve Patterson. “I was delighted that Greg Fenves took the action that he did and delighted he did it in such a straight-forward way and put that … Read More

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Replay a recap of Texas interim athletic director Mike Perrin’s introductory press conference

Follow Statesman sports writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden, Brian Davis and Ryan Autullo as they live-tweet the press conference that formally introduces Mike Perrin as interim University of Texas men’s athletic director. Perrin, a Houston-based attorney, played linebacker in the late 1960s for legendary UT coach Darrell Royal. He was … Read More

Texas play-caller Jay Norvell: “We want to be known for something”

One week after he was promoted on Texas’ coaching staff, new play-caller Jay Norvell now has a clearer idea of the deficiencies he inherited. The Longhorns have no identity, Norvell said Tuesday. He’s working to build one. “You just can’t do everything and be … Read More

At Texas, no tears being shed for Steve Patterson

In and around campus, there was next to no sympathy for a man who had just lost one of the top jobs in college athletics. Sitting on a ledge outside of the University of Texas Tower on Tuesday afternoon, two male students joyfully applauded the firing of controversial men’s athletic director Steve Patterson, … Read More

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Full text of Steve Patterson’s statement on resignation

Here’s the full statement from former Texas athletic director Steve Patterson: “After considerable discussion, The University of Texas at Austin President, Gregory Fenves, and I have agreed that our great university will be best served by a new men’s athletic director. Accordingly, I have agreed to step aside effective today.  … Read More

Who could be the next Texas AD?

Texas officials have asked Mike Perrin, a former UT linebacker, to fill the role of interim athletic director. But who would fill that office on a full-time basis? UT President Gregory L. Fenves, an engineer by trade, may be methodical in his search for a new AD. The search may … Read More

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Golden: Why it didn’t work out for Patterson

This is America and if your boss doesn’t like you, he or she can get rid of you with the quickness. University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves didn’t like the direction of the athletic department and apparently didn’t see the situation improving over time. So he made … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Patterson wore out welcome

The school known far and wide for its arrogance fired its athletic director for, well, being too arrogant. That’s why in a nutshell Texas fired athletic director Steve Patterson. Texas did what it had to do and should have done over the summer. It pulled the trigger on what became … Read More

Who is Mike Perrin, Texas’ interim athletic director?

When Mike Perrin was inducted into the Texas Athletics Men’s Hall of Honor, he was hailed as being “a great example of the student-athlete.” Perrin was a linebacker under legendary UT coach Darrell Royal and played on the 1968 team that started the program’s 30-game winning streak. Perrin was an … Read More

Fenves: Decision on Patterson had been ‘building over recent weeks’

The instant University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves moved into The Tower in June, he was swarmed with angry athletic donors. Fenves heard the same thing over and over: Get rid of Steve Patterson. On Tuesday, he did. Fenves summoned Patterson to his office at 8:30 a.m. and told … Read More