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UT’s Steve Patterson wants coaching search done by Jan. 15

Posted December 30th, 2013

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SAN ANTONIO — In his first public comments since the Texas coaching search began, men’s athletic director Steve Patterson said he expects to have the new coach in place before the end of the NCAA dead period on Jan. 15.

“We have to be back open for business in the middle of the month once the dead period ends,” Patterson told reporters prior to the Alamo Bowl. “Oh, I think we’ve got to be done by then.

“The coach has to put together a staff and get up and running, keep the recruits we got and fill up any spots we’ve got open.”

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The Longhorns currently have 23 players who have given oral commitments for the 2014 class. Patterson said recruits have been told the school will honor all of those scholarship offers.

But Patterson would not give any details about what coaches are currently being considered or how the process is working.

“It’s a great job, there’s a lot of interest,” Patterson said. “We’ll get through the next week or so and get to the point of having  a new football coach. That’s where we want to be.”

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