Four months ago, Mike Perrin was tabbed by the University of Texas to be its interim athletic director. Now, it seems the university is satisfied with what he has sown and is ready to name him the permanent athletic director, in addition to adding two years onto his contract.
Perrin replaced Steve Patterson after Patterson resigned 22 months into his tenure.
Since Perrin took over, he’s done a lot to repair the relationships with alumni and key donors that Patterson may have alienated. Perrin also stepped in and helped negotiate the parameters of Texas’ record-setting 15-year, $250 million apparel deal with Nike.
Head football coach Charlie Strong has voiced his support of Perrin, even though his program has endured a tough 4-7 season, again missing out on a bowl.
“Mike is and unbelievable person,” Strong said in a statement. “He’s going to do a great job. He has that leadership ability where he can get things done. We have a relationship, and he understands the football side of it. He understands it’s all about people, it’s all about relationships. He’s a people person.”
Perrin himself is a former Longhorn football player, playing under Darrell Royal in the 1960’s.
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