I don’t think this is bad news in the Longhorn nation in the long run. It’s never good to have to fire an AD but in this case it was a long time coming. Mack Brown may or may not be a good idea as a replacement, because how good is he at managing a $160 Million organization as the CEO?
Charlie Strong can’t feel safe if he doesn’t turn this thing around and at least make a mid-tier bowl game. 8-4 regular season seems a reasonable target. Anything less, he opens himself up to the new AD hiring “their guy”.
Another sign of how far Texas has declined–instability in the upper brass. The reason is “lack of support of the coaches?” Patterson didn’t coach the dumpster fire against ND. It is amazing to me how UT has totally and completely blown the advantage that is the flagship university in the largest (non-Alaska) state in the country. Everything is indeed bigger in Texas–and that includes failure.
Citing a source, the Statesman’s Kirk Bohls said that a lack of support from the Texas coaches was the “final straw” for Patterson at Texas. Former Texas linebacker Mike Perrin will take over as interim athletic director until the school hires Patterson’s successor.
Patterson hired both football coach Charlie Strong and basketball coach Shaka Smart during his brief time at Texas, but his ouster comes after several months of reported displeasure from inside the athletic department and within the Longhorns fan base.
For starters, Patterson’s efforts to cut the athletic department budget resulted in less luxuries for athletes and new costs for alumni. A scathing Horns Digest piece from the summer opened the story of Patterson charging 158 members of the school’s Class of 1964 — back on campus for their 50-year reunion — $25 apiece just to stand on the field at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Texas also increased ticket prices for football by an average of 21.5 percent, with 59 percent of seats seeing a price increase between 25-50 percent, and doubled ticket cost for faculty and school staff.