The Texas Longhorns hired a new athletic director, Arizona State’s Steve Patterson. At his introductory press conference Patterson said that you can’t expect major changes from him and that he won’t make changes just to make changes.
“I don’t see, as I have other places where I’ve taken over organizations, that we need a dramatic turnaround,” Patterson said, via ESPN Dallas. “I don’t anticipate monstrous changes to the department. I think we need to keep doing what we do well and find places where we can grow and do a better job of things we can improve on.”
One of the biggest topics about Texas athletics at the moment is football coach Mack Brown and his future with the school. There have been numerous reports that the Longhorns have been flirting with Alabama head football coach Nick Saban.
“We did not discuss plans or make plans for any programs. That was not part of the interview process,” Powers said. “We certainly discussed the history of some of these programs and we talked about athletics, but we did not have any discussions about programs.”
For now Patterson is excited to take over what he calls “the premier athletic department in the country.”
“I don’t see this is an organization that’s over in the ditch,” Patterson said. “It’s a place that has had tremendous success for many years. It’s got all the resources it needs and great people who’ve been working in it for a long time. I just hope to continue to grow that.”