The athletic director at the University of Texas, Steve Patteron, holds a reputation in Texas athletics as a man of questionable virtues. Since replacing DeLoss Dodds, who stayed at the university for 32 years, Patterson’s history and candor with Texas’ staff members and boosters isn’t seen in the brightest light.
In an article by Scout’s Chip Brown, Patterson places more value at alienating his employee and the Big 12 in favor of Pac-12’s commish, Larry Scott. And despite offseason acquisitions in head coaching with Charlie Strong and former VCU coach Shaka Smart, Patterson’s mannerisms behind-the-scenes are incomparable.
With many testimonials from those at Texas referring to their new AD as unsupportive, Patterson’s lack of camaraderie with his staff, including Matt Herring, referred to Patterson’s outlook on the longhorns fanbase strictly as “customers.”
This season, with Texas set to meet in-state rival Texas Tech on November 29, Patterson intends to slip his hands into the pockets of the Tech band members, allocating an admissions fee of $100 per seat.
And Texas Tech’s band isn’t the first to incur fees.
After UT’s band director Rob Carnochan exited for Miami after Patterson slit $250,000 from the band program, Patterson instituted a $132 per member to cover their own travel expenses and seating at Memorial Stadium. Another effect of Patterson’s frugality is slashing which games the band attends.
And traveling for an away game at Texas Tech isn’t an option. Rather, a UT pep band will be assigned to make the journey.
Unfortunately, after signing an extension worth $1.4 million annually, Texas is stuck with Patterson until approximately 2020.
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