Texas coach Charlie Strong got off the bus at Royal-Memorial Stadium and saw someone completely new — interim athletic director Mike Perrin.
Perrin said he wanted to be there when Strong and the players arrived for Saturday’s game against California so they all knew he had their full support.
“I wanted to do that,” Perrin said. “You know, those young men are so enthusiastic. When they come off the bus, they’ve got their game faces on. They are serious. It’s not a jovial thing. They’ve been thinking about it and doing all the pre-game rituals and all that kind of stuff.
“Fun to do that. I just wanted them to know I’m behind them 100 percent.”
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) September 19, 2015
Perrin took over last Wednesday after UT President Gregory L. Fenves fired athletic director Steve Patterson, who held the job for only 22 months.
Perrin was a virtual whirlwind in the hours leading up to kickoff. The UT athletic department chronicled all of his moves on Twitter with the hashtag #PregamewithPerrin.
Perrin said he started by visiting the Longhorn band and meeting some of the alumni members scheduled to play on Saturday night.
“Then we’ve been touring tailgates ever since then,” Perrin said. “Some of the players’ parents have a tailgate over this way. Then, just kind of went tailgate to tailgate, sort of up that way toward Speedway then around the engineering school and back to the letterman’s tailgate.
“Then, (we went to) Longhorn Network did an interview,” he added. “Then, the law school. Oh, I forgot the Texas Exes. i went by there for about an hour.”
Also, it was noted that a pre-game DJ who provided music for the players during warm-ups was conspicuously absent.
— Texas Longhorns (@TexasLonghorns) September 19, 2015
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