A high-level Texas source confirmed that Texas athletic director Steve Patterson is currently en route to Richmond, Va., on a Learjet owned by a friend of UT President Bill Powers.
The American-Statesman reported Wednesday that Patterson was scheduled to fly to Richmond and meet with Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart about the vacant Texas men’s basketball coaching job.
It’s unknown whether Patterson will bring Smart back to Austin tonight or Friday.
Patterson’s plane left Georgetown at 12:36 p.m., according to flight records. The plane stopped in Stillwater, Okla.. The Longhorns are scheduled to play the Oklahoma State baseball team in a three-game series this weekend. Then, the plane took off for Richmond just before 2 p.m. It is scheduled to land in Richmond shortly after 4 p.m. Central time.
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