Mike Perrin named Texas Longhorns men’s athletic director

Mike Perrin helped the university reach the largest collegiate sports shoes and apparel contract with Nike. 
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Mike Perrin has been named the University of Texas’ men’s athletic director and will drop his interim title after taking over for Steve Patterson in September, the university announced

“I am excited to continue the work I’ve begun over the past three months in moving Texas Sports forward, and I thank President Fenves for this opportunity,” Perrin said in a statement. “I am already working closely with coaches in all sports to provide the support they need to win on the field and prepare their students for life off the field. And I have been humbled and overwhelmed by the backing I've received from alumni, faculty and fans.”

Perrin's new deal will reportedly take him through the spring of 2018.

Perrin played linebacker and defensive end for the Longhorns in the late 1960s under coach Darrell Royal.

Before returning to his alma mater as a member of the athletic department, Perrin spent time practicing law in Houston. He also served on Texas’ Council for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and led fundraising campaigns for the Texas law school. 

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As the interim athletic director, Perrin reached the largest collegiate sports shoes and apparel contract with Nike, with a deal worth approximately $250 million over 15 years.

Perrin has voiced his support of football head coach Charlie Strong, who is 10–14 in his two seasons with the Longhorns. Texas will face Baylor on the road this weekend. 

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