Texas AD Steve Patterson: AD, president have ‘excellent working relationship’

Posted July 17th, 2015


Texas men’s athletic director Steve Patterson said he and president Gregory L. Fenves met Friday and have an “excellent working relationship.”

Patterson described his meeting with Fenves as a wide-ranging conversation. Yet Patterson did not appear to express any concern that Fenves did not publicly support him with his public statement released last Tuesday.

“He’s an engaged CEO in the university,” Patterson said Friday in a meeting with reporters inside a conference room at Royal-Memorial Stadium. “I feel really good about it.


“We’re excited about all the things we’re trying to do for the 500-plus men and women who represent our school day in and day out and try to have the most positive outcome as we can possibly have for them and the university as a whole,” he added. “I feel good about where we’re headed.”

In a hour-long discussion, Patterson touched on a wide array of issues, including the fact that he may have angered some donors with his business style. The American-Statesman reported Tuesday that Patterson and Fenves may not be on the same page and the AD’s job status was now up for discussion.

Patterson did acknowledge that some fans may be upset with recent changes.

“Some people may like what we’re doing and some people may not,” Patterson said. “But somebody’s got to make tough decisions day in and day out to try to stay focused on what’s most important to us.”

Both Patterson and women’s AD Chris Plonsky said the lack of communication about various issues, like higher ticket prices and parking, may be to blame more than the changes themselves.

“We blew it — collectively,” Plonsky said.

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