Report: Texas close to parting ways with AD Steve Patterson

Monday September 14th, 2015

Texas president Gregory Fenves has not made a decision about the future of athletic director Steve Patterson, but is considering parting ways with him, reports Chip Brown of

Since being named school president in June, Fenves has received multiple complaints about Patterson, including a lack of transparency in both handling football season ticket holders and financing a new tennis facility, as well as poor outreach to donors and failed communication with his own department employees.

Brown reports that football coach Charlie Strong, basketball coach Shaka Smart and baseball coach Augie Garrido all report directly to associate athletic director Arthur Johnson, and not Patterson.

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The Texas athletic department has also dealt with a football program that has suffered from a string of lackluster years, failing to reach the 10-win mark since winning 13 and reaching the BCS National Championship Game in 2009.

Patterson was named Texas AD in Nov. 2013, a little over a year after assuming the same position at Arizona State. He is also a former president and general manager of the NBA's Portland Trailblazers.

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