Mike Perrin takes over as UT Athletic Director

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Interim University of Texas athletic director Mike Perrin told the media Wednesday that one of his first priorities will be to reach out to Longhorn nation.

“I intend to reach out to the entire Longhorn nation. I have sat as a student. I have sat in the stands. I’ve been a donor. I’ve been actively involved. And I want to reach out to the Texas Ex’s, to the other alumni groups whether they be lettermen or others,” Perrin said. “I want to be a source of interface with all aspects of the Longhorn Nation, because I want the fans there.

Perrin, who replaces Steve Patterson, will serve in the role until August.

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University president Greg Fenves sent a letter to students, faculty and staff late Tuesday night.

The letter from President Greg Fenves reads as follows:

I write to let you know that Texas Men’s Athletics Director Steve Patterson has resigned. An agreement is pending approval by The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

Steve brought important ideas and changes to our athletics program, and I appreciate the good things he accomplished in his time at UT. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.

I have asked Mike Perrin, a Houston attorney and former Longhorn letterman football player, to serve as interim athletic director at least through August. Mike is a devoted Longhorn and respected Texan who I firmly believe will strengthen relationships with and among our student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff, students and alumni.

I want you to know that I have full confidence in Coach Charlie Strong, Coach Shaka Smart, and all our other coaches. They work hard to win with integrity and give our student-athletes the full support they deserve.

Athletics is vitally important to the Longhorn nation, shining a bright light on the university. I look forward to continued success in our programs and seeing you all at games this year, supporting our teams and our student-athletes.

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