University of Texas President Says Athletic Director Leaving Was a ‘Mutual Decision’

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2013, file photo, Steve Patterson wipes his eye as he speaks at a news conference where he was introduced as the new Athletic Director at the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has been fired. The person spoke Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the school had not announced the move. (PHOTO CREDIT: Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2013, file photo, Steve Patterson wipes his eye as he speaks at a news conference where he was introduced as the new Athletic Director at the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has been fired. The person spoke Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the school had not announced the move. (PHOTO CREDIT: Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

University of Texas President Greg Fenves has confirmed that athletic director Steve Patterson is out of the Longhorns’ program, calling it a “mutual decision” that Patterson leave after less than two years on the job.

Patterson’s 22 months in Austin were marked by an aggressive push for more money at the nation’s wealthiest athletic program, and discontent among fans and some major donors. Fenves said he had been concerned about Texas fans and how they view the program.

Fenves met with Patterson several times in recent months about his approach to business. They met again Tuesday morning, and Fenves said he accepted Patterson’s resignation.

Patterson is under contract until August 2019 and university regents will have to approach a negotiated separation agreement.

Fenves said Texas will hire Houston attorney Mike Perrin, a former Longhorns football player, as interim athletic director.

SOURCE: The Associated Press, Jim Vertuno

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