Steve Patterson’s tenure as athletic director at the University of Texas has been shaky at best.
Now, it appears it could be ending.
Horns Digest’s Chip Brown, widely known for being one of the most respected Longhorn reporters, said he is being told Patterson’s job is being evaluated by university president Gregory Fenves who is “strongly considering parting ways” with the former Portland Trailblazers president.
Although he is not naming sources, Brown is adamant the firing is certainly a possibility.
From Brown’s story:
The sources told HornsDigest.com one of Fenves’ top concerns is the number of donors – small and large – who have expressed they will no longer give to athletics as long as Patterson is in place.
“Fenves knows athletics is the front porch of the university,” one source close to the situation said. “So he can’t have people who want to give being turned off or turned away at the front porch.”
In his three-year tenure, Patterson has fired long-time football and basketball coaching staples Mack Brown and Rick Barnes, but most Longhorn backers felt it was time for them to go. He hired Charlie Strong and Shaka Smart to replace the legends, and neither have had time to prove Patterson capable yet.
In addition, he has alienated the fan base (and Strong) by some reports treating Longhorn backers as if they don’t matter, and fired one of the most popular athletic staffers in what he called a “reorganization.”
As Brown said earlier, Patterson’s actions are actually causing donors to stop giving to the University, something that absolutely could cost an AD his or her job.
This report could turn out to be false or Fenves has a change or heart, but make no mistake, Patterson is not making many friends in Austin.
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