AUSTIN (KXAN) — Amid a recent storm of negative publicity, the University of Texas athletic department has released a five-page memo addressing many of the divisive topics brought forth in part by men’s athletic director Steve Patterson.
The memo lays out financial details tied to the actions of the athletic department. That includes figures outlining the revenue generated by the athletic department that is returned to the university and the cost of supporting more than 500 student-athletes.
The memo also addresses several of Patterson’s new initiatives, many of which have been met with skepticism by parts of the UT fan base.
The topics include:
- Rises in ticket prices for Longhorns football games
- New charges this season for parking at Longhorns football games
- The construction of a new tennis complex. The previous complex was razed to make way for the UT Dell Medical School.
- The future of the Longhorn band
- Playing a football game in Mexico City
- Playing a basketball game in China. Texas is scheduled to begin its 2015-16 season in Shanghai, China against the University of Washington.
Patterson was hired to replace long-time Texas men’s athletic director DeLoss Dodds in November of 2013. He has made two high-profile coaching hires, luring football coach Charlie Strong and basketball coach Shaka Smart to the 40 Acres. Both hires were met with nearly universal praise but other changes, including how he handled firing Mack Brown and Rick Barnes, have garnered criticism.
At the time of his hiring, Patterson was lauded for his experience in professional athletics and a business-like approach. Recently, he’s come under fire from those who believe that his emphasis on the bottom-line has alienated the UT fan base.