KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said there is no “magic number” of wins football coach Charlie Strong must reach this fall to keep his job beyond 2016.
Meeting with reporters at halftime of Thursday’s Texas-Baylor men’s basketball game, Perrin touched on a number of topics, including whether he’ll stay beyond the 2017-18 academic year.
“Charlie Strong is a great coach and a great man. I don’t have a magic number for him,” Perrin said. “I see some of y’all quoting that every now and then. I know people quote that to me. We’ll see how the season plays out.
“Our motto is ‘Winning with Integrity,’ and that starts with winning,” he added. “I plan on emphasizing that as much as I can.”
Perrin, who believed UT fans were voting with their feet last season, hasn’t gotten a full report on football season ticket sales. The department usually sees an uptick in sales after spring break, Perrin said.
“Well, I don’t know that I’m ever going to be satisfied until it’s full again,” Perrin said. “They’re going well on renewals.”
Perrin was first named the interim athletic director on Sept. 15 after Steve Patterson was fired. Then in December, UT President Gregory L. Fenves removed the interim tag and signed Perrin to a two-year agreement that runs through the 2017-18 academic year.
University officials have indicated to the American-Statesman that is indeed when the school will hire another AD.
“I assume I’ll be there for some reasonable period of time, but I serve at his pleasure,” Perrin said of Fenves. “I’m really enjoying the opportunity to work with the coaches, the students, the faculty, all of our alums and the rest of the constituents. I have no interest in leaving until the job’s finished.”