ESPN analyst calls out Texas athletic administration

It’s no secret Texas Longhorns director of athletics Steve Patterson does things his own way. He came to Austin as the former president of the Portland Trailblazers, and seems to be running things in Texas like it’s a professional franchise.

Patterson pushed out the most successful football and basketball coaches the program has ever seen (although it was arguably time for both to leave) and hired two up-and-comers to replace the legends — Charlie Strong and Shaka Smart.

They were great hires and enabled Texas to become just the third team in a power conference to simultaneously employ a black football and basketball head coach — something that should not go unnoticed.

However, along the way he has been accused of alienating many in the athletic department — and fans as well.

While plenty of articles have been written describing Patterson’s “my way or the highway” approach, rarely has a national reporter taken a personal shot at him. That is until Tuesday when respected ESPN reporter Holly Rowe decided she had enough.

I rarely use the term SMH but I AM literally shaking my head at all the GOOD people @TexasSports is running off. Mind boggling.

— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) September 1, 2015

Rowe was referencing the “resignation” of long-time associate athletics director for football media relations, John Bianco.

The veteran staffer had been with Texas since 1992 and was reportedly very close with Strong, and the “reorganization” as Patterson put it, didn’t sit well with the football coach.

It didn’t sit well with Rowe either who specifically reference Bianco in another tweet just three minutes prior to the first one.

John Bianco was a HUGE asset to @TexasSports he always dealt with me fairly even in tough times. Classy as always. https://t.co/OH1dC9r1pY

— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) September 1, 2015

Rowe has earned the respect from her peers, fans and coaches for her tireless and professional work ethic, while it appears Patterson has not.

Hopefully for his sake the Longhorns begin to consistently win, or there will be plenty of ammo for boosters who want to see him hit the road.

 

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