UPDATE, 6 p.m. — Cedric Golden’s takeaway from today’s press conference:
Steve Patterson said all the right things and even got a few laughs on Introduction Thursday.
But there won’t be laughs if the university goes through another couple of seasons of mediocrity on the field and the court. There is a sense that Patterson is coming into a tough spot because there are coaches who may be in need of replacing soon.Advertisement
I wouldn’t want to be the one who may have to call in Mack, Rick, or Augie and tell them their run at Texas is over if their struggles continue.
Of course, I don’t make $1.4 million, either.
UPDATE, 5 p.m. — Kirk Bohls’ takeaway from today’s press conference:
I thought it was odd that more Longhorns coaches weren’t at the press conference. Only baseball coach Augie Garrido showed up. May just be me, but if my job’s on the line, I’d make sure I’m at the first press conference even if I knew I was going to be introduced to him at a meeting with the coaches afterward. I think it’d be a sign of respect as much as common courtesy.
UPDATE, 2 p.m. — Mark Rosner’s takeaway from today’s press conference:
You would think that one subject during job interviews for a new athletics director would include a discussion about some struggling programs, i.e. football, basketball and baseball, in the case of Texas.
But school President Bill Powers, new AD Steve Patterson and advisory committee member Pam Willeford all said that those programs, and their coaches, were not a topic during the interviews. Go figure.
UPDATE, 12:10 — Randy Riggs’ takeway from today’s press conference:
The bottom line from Steve Patterson’s introduction as Texas’ new men’s athletic director:
If change is coming, it won’t be for change’s sake.
But that doesn’t mean that changes aren’t coming, though. I just wouldn’t expect Patterson to drop any bombs like that in his introductory press conference.
There’s been plenty of speculation about Texas’ three flagship programs. Since the Horns fell to Alabama in the BCS title game of the 2009 season, Texas is 28-18 overall and 16-15 in the Big 12 — and that includes this season’s 5-0 start in conference. Men’s basketball missed out on an NCAA tournament invitation last year and didn’t even make the NIT field, either. And baseball has missed out on the NCAA postseason tournament two years in a row and was the Big 12’s odd man out in last year’s eight-team postseason tournament.
EARLIER UPDATES …
Steve Patterson said he has not discussed specific plans for any of the University of Texas’ sports programs, but he said he is ready to continue building on the university’s successes.
Speaking at his first public appearance as the university’s choice to replace DeLoss Dodds as the men’s athletic director, Patterson, 55, said he doesn’t anticpate making any major changes over the next few years.
“I met with the staff this morning and tried to communicate that this is the premier athletic department in the country … and that’s something we want to continue and grow,” Patterson said at press conference on campus. “I don’t see this as I have other places … that needed a dramatic turnaround.”
Patterson was announced Tuesday as the university’s pick for athletic director after a month-long search.
Patterson, a Texas graduate with less than two years’ experience as a college athletic director at Arizona State, has spent most of his time in the professional sports world.
Texas chose Patterson over West Virginia’s Oliver Luck, who was widely considered to be the front-runner for the job for the past month.
Patterson will receive a five-year contract at Texas that pays him $1.4 million a year, tripling his salary of $450,000 from Arizona State. He also is eligible to receive separate $100,000 annual bonuses for keeping Longhorns athletics solvent and avoiding major NCAA infractions.
UT’s board of regents still needs to approve the contract. Two regents were on the schools eight-member advisory committee who led the search, university President Bill Powers said.
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