It has been brewing for a long while now, but it seems as though many Texas Longhorn fans have finally gotten their wish. Before their game against Rice on Saturday, Longhorn fans flew a banner over the stadium that read “Patterson must go”, referring to Athletic Director Steve Patterson.
According to a report by hookem.com, Patterson is expected to be let go from his position and will be replaced by former Texas linebacker Mike Perrin in an interim position. Patterson is meeting with University President Gregory L. Fenves on Tuesday morning where he is expected to be terminated.
People have been calling for Patterson’s job for some time now as he has raised ticket prices and his demeanor just didn’t seem to fit into the Texas program.
From Hook Em:
Fenves did not give any interviews about sports-related topics in August as he dealt with the fallout surrounding the controversial Jefferson Davis statue on campus. But on Sept. 8 during a meeting with the Statesman editorial board, Fenves again declined to support Patterson.
“I guess the best way to describe it is I’m working with him and we are continuing to work through the issues,” Fenves said.
That same day, the Statesman reported that Patterson had told the Austin Sports Commission the Erwin Center could be remodeled and possibly used for several more years. Fenves appeared caught off guard by this, a UT source close to Fenves said. During his meeting at the Statesman, Fenves reiterated his belief the basketball arena will be torn down to make way for Dell Medical Center expansion.
“We can’t have an arena and a medical school on the same land,” Fenves said.
It looks the fans can really have some power if they try hard enough.
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