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The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker.

 

Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask...

 

Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends.

 

 

This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports.

 

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Horn Sports has shared thoughts and information from some of the larger UT donors in previous editions of Burnt Ends and this week is no different…except the source is one we haven’t used previously. To legitimize his status as a major player in UT donor circles, suffice it to say that his net worth exceeds eight figures. 

 

Luckily for us, wealthy Texas donors love to discuss UT athletics and Steve Patterson.   Our first topic of conversation was a hot one in donor cliques because of the role they’re expected to play as financiers – the new basketball arena. While it would be sexy to tease new developments relative to Patterson’s efforts to find a suitable location for a new basketball arena, the fact is there are none. The main gist of the conversations jibes with what we reported in Burnt Ends last December - politics involving the City of Austin on this endeavor are delaying things significantly. 

 

“Those that think this project is as simple as choosing a location and building are not being realistic.”

 

Finding a suitable location that has adequate parking is definitely a challenge, but not one that can’t be overcome. The more significant issue, as we were told, involves UT’s past politics. To put it mildly, some of the former leadership at Texas did not do Patterson any favors in terms of how they dealt with the City. Don’t expect the arena development to be finalized in the immediate future – negotiations are going to be a protracted series of give-and-take while both sides work to repair old wounds.

 

Additionally, although The University of Texas is one of the most powerful and resource-laden colleges in the world, there are folks (outside UT) with ill intentions involved in the arena project. All signs indicate that those few people are prepared to test the depth of UT’s resources in every way possible.

 

Our conversation also shed some interesting light on another subject of interest, Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido. Readers of Burnt Ends know that this column reported expectations for the retirement of Garrido after this season.

 

According to this donor, Garrido has Patterson’s blessing to coach at Texas - for at least another year.  We were told that there is no doubt that the ball rests in Augie’s court as to whether or not he returns next season. Point blank, this source told us vehemently, per Patterson, that Garrido holds the cards with respect to his immediate future in the dugout at Texas.

 

In closing the conversation, Patterson remained a topic of interest...

 

This donor opined that Patterson was not hired to be a “DeLoss Dodds” in terms of tenure.  Instead he felt Patterson was at most a 10-year hire and was brought in specifically to deal with some of the more immediate needs of the university – a football program that grew stale, and the new basketball arena. As it was told to us:

 

“Patterson was hired to provide substantive and innovative change within the athletic department on the 40 Acres.”

 

It was mentioned that many influential donors are indifferent with respect to their relationship with Patterson. But those same donors think Texas’ AD has the capacity to promote the University’s interests beyond a new basketball arena and new coaches.

 

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As expected, it’s reasonably quiet on the baseball front from our friends that have been telling us about Augie Garrido’s expected departure. Basically, things are in a holding pattern until the season concludes – no major changes are going to be announced while the team is still playing ball.

 

A couple of interesting notes from conversations with a few connected folks:

 

1. It won’t be public info, but we’re hearing that Garrido is contemplating using his retirement as a last resort motivator…as in, “I’m retiring. Let’s go win one more together.” That isn’t a big surprise, and neither is the fact that he’d leave it holstered until thinking it’s absolutely needed or necessary.

 

What is interesting is that we were told that he isn’t planning to use it in an effort to save his job (as in, “Win or I get fired.”) The way it was couched to us is that Garrido really believes in this team’s talent, and their ability to win at the highest level. In other words, if Garrido uses his retirement in the locker room, it will be in a last ditch effort to get the team to play to their potential.

 

2. There are at least one or two names on the short list of candidates to be the next head coach at Texas that are expected to make deep postseason runs this year. That means that if the Horns’ season ends this week in Tulsa, Steve Patterson may be forced to wait for up to a month while teams are still playing before he gets an opportunity to interview the men he wants for the job.

 

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A prospect to get familiar with for 2017 is Mansfield Lake Ridge linebacker Loren Mondy.  The Arizona State commit is one of the top defensive players in the state for 2017, and has been in contact with Texas recently.  Mondy told HornSports that Brian Jean-Mary reached him through the Lake Ridge staff and indicated the Longhorns’ interest.  Jean-Mary will be stopping by Mansfield Lake Ridge during spring practice to get a look at the big inside ‘backer. 

 

Though Mondy gave an early commitment to the Sun Devils, this one sounds like it could get interesting if any of the in-state schools throw their hat in the ring.  When asked about his commitment to Arizona State, Mondy replied:

 

“I’m strong with them, but you know having a home school could change some things if they were very interested in me."

 

Mondy seems to be pretty high on the Longhorns and mentioned that he actually met Charlie Strong shortly after he was hired. Growing up as a fan of Texas, Mondy has family that lives in the Austin area.

 

Even though he is receiving interest from Houston, Oklahoma, USC, Michigan, and Baylor, Mondy told HornSports he will definitely take a trip to the 40 Acres this summer for an unofficial visit. 

 

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In our continued look at prospects in the 2016 HornSports Top 50, this week’s focus is on highly rated Christian Wallace of Katy Tompkins. A name Longhorn fans might want to get to know, Wallace told reporters that the Longhorns are out in front in his recruitment.  Ranked 27th in our updated list, the four star athlete’s stock looks like it is about to skyrocket. 

 

Wallace was previously committed to TCU, but opened his recruitment up in early spring and has tripped to Austin several times.  At 6’2”, 211 pounds, Wallace has an amazing athletic skillset that projects to multiple positions.  Wallace told us shortly after UT’s junior day that Texas is recruiting him as a defensive back. 

 

Wallace possesses the length that Charlie Strong looks for in a defensive back and has the fluidity to play safety or cornerback. With long arms and a physical style of play, many experts think his brightest future is at Safety. Wallace also possesses good speed and is a threat as a return specialist. 

 

With a swagger and confidence that oozes from him when he’s on the field, Wallace is a natural on-field leader. These traits were on display this past weekend at the Carolina Classic 7-on-7 tournament where Wallace competed as a part of Team Texas Elite, drawing rave reviews as a standout performer. 

 

The main competition in his recruitment is LSU followed by Mississippi State.  Baylor and Oklahoma are also in the picture, but Wallace hasn’t been shy about telling people that Texas is out in front at this point. 

 

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Over the weekend, Charlie Strong and Brian Jean-Mary got an unofficial visit from 2017 linebacker Baron Browning. From Kennedale (Kennedale HS), Browning has a great frame (6’3 ½”, 220 pounds) for someone his age.

 

Browning was thought to be a toss-up between A&M and Baylor, but from his comments to HornSports on his weekend visit, that projection sounds premature:

 

"The best part was talking to Coach Strong.  People don't know the real Coach Strong.  On the outside looking in you think ‘man he crazy doing this or doing that’, but everything he do is for the sake of his players.  He really does care about his team - making sure they're going to do the right thing."

 

Browning has offers from almost every in-state school, OU, Oklahoma State, as well as several Pac 10 programs. His offer list has exploded recently as reports about his shoulder rehab have been very positive (he missed most of his sophomore year due to injury).

 

247 ranks Browning as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation for the 2017 class and he has scholarship offers to play for at least one school in all of the Power 5 conferences. Needless to say, Browning will be a national-level recruit – it sounds like Strong and UT made a very positive first impression.

 

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DeAndre McNeal will be finessing his way to Austin in less than a month – he’s planning to move to campus one of the first three days in June.

 

That means McNeal will have the entire Summer to work on routes and timing with Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard. More importantly, he’ll be working against collegiate defensive backs for 2+ months prior to Fall camp.

 

We’ll have a full feature article on McNeal at the end of the month. Charlie Strong got a good’un when McNeal signed and we’ll set the stage for his arrival on the 40…

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Additionally, although The University of Texas is one of the most powerful and resource-laden colleges in the world, there are folks (outside UT) with ill intentions involved in the arena project. All signs indicate that those few people are prepared to test the depth of UT’s resources in every way possible.

 

It would be very interesting if your source could or would expand on this. 

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I do so love when the sources contradict each other re. baseball.

 

 

The last 3 weeks of Burnt Ends have all reported the probable retirement of Augie Garrido. This source/report clarifies that if Garrido does not return, at this point it will be his choice, not Steve Patterson's.

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good report. for clarity, i too am an 8-figure guy if numbers to the right of the decimal count.

it feels like augie is leaning towards retiring and i have no problem with a 'win one for augie' type sales pitch if that helps spur the team. it would sure seem more fitting for him to leave the game in omaha vs f'ing tulsa, ok.

the drum won't be torn down for another 5 years or more, right? obviously you want to get your ducks in a row, but with that kind of time frame, neither party has a sense of urgency to make a deal (or make concessions) just yet. i'd think ultimately, UT has the hammer. we WILL have a basketball arena, with or without the city's help. seems it would be in the city''s interest to partner up for concerts, shows, circus etc and not have to fend for themselves.

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This donor opined that Patterson was not hired to be a “DeLoss Dodds†in terms of tenure.  Instead he felt Patterson was at most a 10-year hire and was brought in specifically to deal with some of the more immediate needs of the university – a football program that grew stale, and the new basketball arena. As it was told to us:

 

“Patterson was hired to provide substantive and innovative change within the athletic department on the 40 Acres.â€

 

It was mentioned that many influential donors are indifferent with respect to their relationship with Patterson. But those same donors think Texas’ AD has the capacity to promote the University’s interests beyond a new basketball arena and new coaches.

Patterson has been on the job a year and a half already. Any indications from your source when we can expect Patterson to start delivering the change he was hired to provide? "Substantive and innovative" seems a bit ambitious and more than we should realistically expect considering what he has delivered so far. A number of us would settle for just "positive." 

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Patterson has been on the job a year and a half already. Any indications from your source when we can expect Patterson to start delivering the change he was hired to provide? "Substantive and innovative" seems a bit ambitious and more than we should realistically expect considering what he has delivered so far. A number of us would settle for just "positive." 

 

I'll start with your comment.  I have been in a great debate, on another site, on just this SP topic.

 

The other site published what I would actually call a hit piece on SP.  Many, many posters, like yourself, have fallen lockstep into the "hate SP" brainwash.  And the truth is, none of them know a darned thing - only what they read on a message board.  99% of them have never even met the man.  This why I comment about him because I don't like a one sided story.

 

So, lets list what people appear to dislike about SP:

1.  He raised ticket prices.

2.  At this point, he has nixed beer sales in the stadium.

3.  He wants to take Texas international

4.  He is not a politician, but is a hard headed prick.

5.  He is a douche because that is what message boards say and they are the gospel.

 

Now lets understand why he was hired in the first place.  He was brought in to be a hatchet man - first and foremost.  How popular are these kinds of people, anyway?  The people that interviewed him were so enamored they hired him over their original fair haired boy - Luck.  They wanted Patterson to hire and fire and they wanted him to continue making the premier programs money makers.  And they loved his business acumen.

So what has he done so far?

1.  Got rid of Mack

2.  Hired Strong

3.  Got rid of Barnes

4.  Hired Smart

5.  Polled ticket holders on how to improve the stadium experience (did Dodds ever do this?)

6.  Told aggy to kiss off until 2027

7.  Wants to take the UT brand international ( a brilliant marketing and recruiting move)

8.  Closed off the behind the scenes pipeline so inner workings are confidential

9.  Did not allow BMD's to buy influence over his programs

10.  Put the fear of God into the Bellmont slugs and legacies.

 

No, I think he has been doing exactly what was expected of him.  His main problem is he is not a glad handing politician like Mack, Dodds and Powers were.  And this is the thing a lot of people don't like.  SP does not suffer fools well.  And, when he has been accused of believing he is the smartest man in the room - it's because he usually is.

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I'll start with your comment.  I have been in a great debate, on another site, on just this SP topic.

 

The other site published what I would actually call a hit piece on SP.  Many, many posters, like yourself, have fallen lockstep into the "hate SP" brainwash.  And the truth is, none of them know a darned thing - only what they read on a message board.  99% of them have never even met the man.  This why I comment about him because I don't like a one sided story.

 

So, lets list what people appear to dislike about SP:

1.  He raised ticket prices.

2.  At this point, he has nixed beer sales in the stadium.

3.  He wants to take Texas international

4.  He is not a politician, but is a hard headed prick.

5.  He is a douche because that is what message boards say and they are the gospel.

 

Now lets understand why he was hired in the first place.  He was brought in to be a hatchet man - first and foremost.  How popular are these kinds of people, anyway?  The people that interviewed him were so enamored they hired him over their original fair haired boy - Luck.  They wanted Patterson to hire and fire and they wanted him to continue making the premier programs money makers.  And they loved his business acumen.

So what has he done so far?

1.  Got rid of Mack

2.  Hired Strong

3.  Got rid of Barnes

4.  Hired Smart

5.  Polled ticket holders on how to improve the stadium experience (did Dodds ever do this?)

6.  Told aggy to kiss off until 2027

7.  Wants to take the UT brand international ( a brilliant marketing and recruiting move)

8.  Closed off the behind the scenes pipeline so inner workings are confidential

9.  Did not allow BMD's to buy influence over his programs

10.  Put the fear of God into the Bellmont slugs and legacies.

 

No, I think he has been doing exactly what was expected of him.  His main problem is he is not a glad handing politician like Mack, Dodds and Powers were.  And this is the thing a lot of people don't like.  SP does not suffer fools well.  And, when he has been accused of believing he is the smartest man in the room - it's because he usually is.

all credit for 2,3 and 4.

 

1... wasn't his decision. everybody knows that.

5... is a who cares.

6...we told aggy to kiss off when SP was still in Tempe. No credit for that.

7---remains to be seen. the response to a game in mexico hasn't exactly been overwhelming.

8---who cares?

9---yeah, i'm sure the BMDs have no influence.

10---has there been a lot of layoffs and cutting of fat in the AD i've missed?

 

you apparently like the guy. that's fine. to me what he's best know for so far is a questionable new ticket policy that has a lot of people pissed off and has a staff of phone operators scrambling to sell seats. maybe it'll work. maybe it won't.

 

ultimately, much of the above is white noise. If Strong, and to a lesser extent Smart, win and win big, Patterson is successful. If they don't, he'll be out sooner rather than later.

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he is all talk so far, imo. the Smart hire was good. the Strong hire was good. he was chicken shit at the end with Barnes. he had little to nothing to do with Brown. screw him on the ticket stuff.

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So what has he done so far?

1.  Got rid of Mack

2.  Hired Strong

3.  Got rid of Barnes

4.  Hired Smart

5.  Polled ticket holders on how to improve the stadium experience (did Dodds ever do this?)

6.  Told aggy to kiss off until 2027

7.  Wants to take the UT brand international ( a brilliant marketing and recruiting move)

8.  Closed off the behind the scenes pipeline so inner workings are confidential

9.  Did not allow BMD's to buy influence over his programs

10.  Put the fear of God into the Bellmont slugs and legacies.

 

No, I think he has been doing exactly what was expected of him.  His main problem is he is not a glad handing politician like Mack, Dodds and Powers were.  And this is the thing a lot of people don't like.  SP does not suffer fools well.  And, when he has been accused of believing he is the smartest man in the room - it's because he usually is.

I'm not in the mood to get into an extended debate at the moment, but i will respond.

 

1) The argument that save and except for Steve Patterson, Mack Brown would still be head football coach at UT is a non-starter. The program's decline at the end of his tenure is what got rid of Mack Brown. 

 

2) For all he has done, Charlie Strong has not delivered results on the field as of yet. Patterson certainly gets no credit for hiring a coach that to date hasn't even delivered a winning season. Bob Weltlich was also an assistant that won a championship at a major program (the '76 32-0 Indiana team), did well leading a mid major and came to Texas, instilling a discipline oriented approach. 

 

3) And he also gave him a contract extension just 5 months before firing him. Not much of a visionary when it comes to evaluating coaches, is he?

 

4) Patterson wants to be lauded for money whipping an obvious coaching hire who hasn't even won a game yet? A bit early, % would say.

 

5) Polling season ticket holders is your idea of "substantive and innovative change?!" Is asking people whether they want to spend $2,800 for a tailgaiting spot and a few bags of ice for a single game substantive or innovative?

 

6) Again, is telling aggy "no" substantive or innovative? As I remember, that has been the company line since before Patterson was even AD at Arizona State. 

 

7) So what!? Does anyone really think Dubai is is a brilliant marketing move? Seriously, Dubai!?

 

8) "Closed the behind the scenes pipeline." You must be kidding. That is Patterson's signature "substantive and innovative" achievement after 18 months on the job and pulling down $1.4 mil/year?! We hired Patterson to "close down a pipeline?!"

 

9) The BMD are the ONLY people who have any influence over the athletic department. He is kissing the asses of the 30,000 west side season ticket holders and giving the finger to the other 450,000 alumni precisely because he wants the BMDs to finance the $1.2 billion wish list he has drawn up. That crap about "ticket prices only being raised an average of 6%" was an insult to the intelligence of the rank and file alumni. He certainly hasn't delivered anything "substantive and innovative" to enhance the gameday atmosphere for the rank and file alumni, yet the BMDs are catered to without reservation.

 

10) No, he hasn't. For a year and a half we have been hearing excuse after excuse about why Steve Patterson has utterly failed to install responsible management over Bellmont's spending. "It's coming any day!" "The people inside Bellmont are scared!" Bullshit. Patterson ran UT athletics at a loss last year for the first time in decades. He has more revenue than any program in college sports and he can't make ends meet. Every other athletic director in the nation finds a way to get by with less than Patterson.  He has raised the price of everything he can think of. "Expenses not allocated to any specific program" is where the bloat is in the financial reports.  My two question to Steve Patterson are what expense-per-athlete figure he thinks would reflect responsible management of Bellmont's finances and when does he intend to get Bellmont to that figure. In reigning in the waste and bloat that is rampant inside Bellmont, Patterson has been inept and a failure, certainly not "substantive and innovative."

 

Bottom line - after 18 months, Patterson has failed to deliver one substantive or innovative accomplishment that would justify his having been selected as AD or anything that stands as a "substantive and innovative" signature achievement. The president of the United States can be judged on his first 100 days in office, but  after 18 months the athletic director of UT needs "understanding and patience because of the complexity of his job." A lot of people wanted to support Patterson as he took over the program. A lot of people were wanting him to deliver substantive and innovative change. Patterson has delivered nothing for the overwhelming majority of UT fans and alumni and a lot of people have quite believing Patterson has the ability to deliver what was promised.

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all credit for 2,3 and 4.

 

1... wasn't his decision. everybody knows that.

5... is a who cares.

6...we told aggy to kiss off when SP was still in Tempe. No credit for that.

7---remains to be seen. the response to a game in mexico hasn't exactly been overwhelming.

8---who cares?

9---yeah, i'm sure the BMDs have no influence.

10---has there been a lot of layoffs and cutting of fat in the AD i've missed?

 

you apparently like the guy. that's fine. to me what he's best know for so far is a questionable new ticket policy that has a lot of people pissed off and has a staff of phone operators scrambling to sell seats. maybe it'll work. maybe it won't.

 

ultimately, much of the above is white noise. If Strong, and to a lesser extent Smart, win and win big, Patterson is successful. If they don't, he'll be out sooner rather than later.

 

 

I don't like or dislike him.  I don't know him.  The two times I have met him he was congenial and engaging.

 

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For all he has done, Charlie Strong has not delivered results on the field as of yet. Patterson certainly gets no credit for hiring a coach that to date hasn't even delivered a winning season. Bob Weltlich was also an assistant that won a championship at a major program (the '76 32-0 Indiana team), did well leading a mid major and came to Texas, instilling a discipline oriented approach. 

 

 

Patterson - and the administration - knew what they were getting with Strong. My only complaint about his brief tenure thus far is not recognizing that a fast-paced, spread offense is the way to go in TX. Looks like he's on board now after seeing both BU's and TCU's success.

 

Strong was 7-6 his first two years at Louisville. Don't expect too much this season, either, because you're probably gonna be disappointed. I predict 7-5 with a better showing in a bowl game. 8-5 is acceptable for me.

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I'm not in the mood to get into an extended debate at the moment, but i will respond.

 

1) The argument that save and except for Steve Patterson, Mack Brown would still be head football coach at UT is a non-starter. The program's decline at the end of his tenure is what got rid of Mack Brown. 

 

2) For all he has done, Charlie Strong has not delivered results on the field as of yet. Patterson certainly gets no credit for hiring a coach that to date hasn't even delivered a winning season. Bob Weltlich was also an assistant that won a championship at a major program (the '76 32-0 Indiana team), did well leading a mid major and came to Texas, instilling a discipline oriented approach. 

 

3) And he also gave him a contract extension just 5 months before firing him. Not much of a visionary when it comes to evaluating coaches, is he?

 

4) Patterson wants to be lauded for money whipping an obvious coaching hire who hasn't even won a game yet? A bit early, % would say.

 

5) Polling season ticket holders is your idea of "substantive and innovative change?!" Is asking people whether they want to spend $2,800 for a tailgaiting spot and a few bags of ice for a single game substantive or innovative?

 

6) Again, is telling aggy "no" substantive or innovative? As I remember, that has been the company line since before Patterson was even AD at Arizona State. 

 

7) So what!? Does anyone really think Dubai is is a brilliant marketing move? Seriously, Dubai!?

 

8) "Closed the behind the scenes pipeline." You must be kidding. That is Patterson's signature "substantive and innovative" achievement after 18 months on the job and pulling down $1.4 mil/year?! We hired Patterson to "close down a pipeline?!"

 

9) The BMD are the ONLY people who have any influence over the athletic department. He is kissing the asses of the 30,000 west side season ticket holders and giving the finger to the other 450,000 alumni precisely because he wants the BMDs to finance the $1.2 billion wish list he has drawn up. That crap about "ticket prices only being raised an average of 6%" was an insult to the intelligence of the rank and file alumni. He certainly hasn't delivered anything "substantive and innovative" to enhance the gameday atmosphere for the rank and file alumni, yet the BMDs are catered to without reservation.

 

10) No, he hasn't. For a year and a half we have been hearing excuse after excuse about why Steve Patterson has utterly failed to install responsible management over Bellmont's spending. "It's coming any day!" "The people inside Bellmont are scared!" Bullshit. Patterson ran UT athletics at a loss last year for the first time in decades. He has more revenue than any program in college sports and he can't make ends meet. Every other athletic director in the nation finds a way to get by with less than Patterson.  He has raised the price of everything he can think of. "Expenses not allocated to any specific program" is where the bloat is in the financial reports.  My two question to Steve Patterson are what expense-per-athlete figure he thinks would reflect responsible management of Bellmont's finances and when does he intend to get Bellmont to that figure. In reigning in the waste and bloat that is rampant inside Bellmont, Patterson has been inept and a failure, certainly not "substantive and innovative."

 

Bottom line - after 18 months, Patterson has failed to deliver one substantive or innovative accomplishment that would justify his having been selected as AD or anything that stands as a "substantive and innovative" signature achievement. The president of the United States can be judged on his first 100 days in office, but  after 18 months the athletic director of UT needs "understanding and patience because of the complexity of his job." A lot of people wanted to support Patterson as he took over the program. A lot of people were wanting him to deliver substantive and innovative change. Patterson has delivered nothing for the overwhelming majority of UT fans and alumni and a lot of people have quite believing Patterson has the ability to deliver what was promised.

 

In my very long lifetime it has been my experience not to engage in a debate with those that are running agendas, which you most certainly are.

 

Your anti-Patterson bias is palpable, totally without substance and based on no knowedge other than supposition, speculation and personal agenda creativity. 

We can always bring back Dodds - or allow you to run the AD.  Would this suit you?

 

 

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Great Burnt Ends!

 

RD, you are at your best as historian. Regarding SP, it is my opinion that you will never give the man credit for his accomplishments, win-loss records of his hires aside. Once again, it is only my opinion, but I it seems you really don't like the man.

 

Personally, SP isn't my best friend, either; however, I think the hires of Strong & Smart were outstanding. Their records will be clear in due time. Other than that, it's difficult to judge the man. The new Pres. has just been chosen, but is it going to be a change? He's been around a long time. To date, the BOR hasn't changed, and neither has the power structure.

 

I would rather have deliberate and thoughtful change rather than the upheaval that many university systems experience. If I'm not mistaken, the Men's Athletic Council has input, as well as the President and others.

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Randolph, I can think of one stalwart who feels Dubai is a great idea. He shall remain anonymous as per respect for HS patrons.

Dubai is meaningless. The entirety of the UAE has an economy less that 20% of that of the state of Texas. Patterson would be FAR better off trying to mend relations with UT alumni than trying to market UT football to Dubai. 

 

I don't have any personal animosity toward Steve Patterson. The entirety of my belief that he is unquestionably the wrong guy to head the UT athletics program is predicated on the painfully obvious fact that in 18 months he has utterly failed to deliver any "substantive and innovative" accomplishment. Not one. Steve Patterson has delivered no value above and beyond what any middle of the road candidate for the job of AD at any given mid-major would be able to deliver. Plain and simple, Patterson has failed to justify his $1.4 million/yr salary and he has failed to deliver meaningful change to Bellmont. 

 

The bloat and financial irresponsibility inside Bellmont continues unchecked, yet Patterson asks more from the alumni. If the money is going to continue to be wasted on irresponsible spending, why give the money to Bellmont? If Patterson doesn't respect the donors by ensuring the money is responsibly managed, why donate?

 

After 18 months, anyone UT would have hired as AD would be expected to have delivered some meaningful accomplishment. Even the Steve Patterson apologists cannot point to anything Patterson has done that would constitute the foundation of a legacy. Plain and simple, Patterson has been a failure who has delivered squat. He has been a failure and those who care about UT athletics need to push for his removal. Patterson has failed. For the benefit of UT athletics, he needs to go.

 

18 months is without question sufficient time to pass judgment on his "leadership.' Plain and simple, Steve Patterson is a failure as AD at Texas. He may personally be a great guy, but as AD, he has been an abysmal failure. 

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After 18 months, anyone UT would have hired as AD would be expected to have delivered some meaningful accomplishment. Even the Steve Patterson apologists cannot point to anything Patterson has done that would constitute the foundation of a legacy. Plain and simple, Patterson has been a failure who has delivered squat.

 

Hold on a gosh darned minute. Patterson did give us JetPack Man...

 

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And look who he's lined up for next season... Flying Fan Man!

 

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Dubai is meaningless. The entirety of the UAE has an economy less that 20% of that of the state of Texas. Patterson would be FAR better off trying to mend relations with UT alumni than trying to market UT football to Dubai.

 

I don't have any personal animosity toward Steve Patterson. The entirety of my belief that he is unquestionably the wrong guy to head the UT athletics program is predicated on the painfully obvious fact that in 18 months he has utterly failed to deliver any "substantive and innovative" accomplishment. Not one. Steve Patterson has delivered no value above and beyond what any middle of the road candidate for the job of AD at any given mid-major would be able to deliver. Plain and simple, Patterson has failed to justify his $1.4 million/yr salary and he has failed to deliver meaningful change to Bellmont.

 

The bloat and financial irresponsibility inside Bellmont continues unchecked, yet Patterson asks more from the alumni. If the money is going to continue to be wasted on irresponsible spending, why give the money to Bellmont? If Patterson doesn't respect the donors by ensuring the money is responsibly managed, why donate?

 

After 18 months, anyone UT would have hired as AD would be expected to have delivered some meaningful accomplishment. Even the Steve Patterson apologists cannot point to anything Patterson has done that would constitute the foundation of a legacy. Plain and simple, Patterson has been a failure who has delivered squat. He has been a failure and those who care about UT athletics need to push for his removal. Patterson has failed. For the benefit of UT athletics, he needs to go.

 

18 months is without question sufficient time to pass judgment on his "leadership.' Plain and simple, Steve Patterson is a failure as AD at Texas. He may personally be a great guy, but as AD, he has been an abysmal failure.

I know little regarding Dubai, just saw the opportunity to throw a former stalwart under the bus.

 

Agree that marketing to the Dubais of the world seems silly. Making some money on merchandising in the Middle East vs fans at home enjoying our teams playing within driving distance is more appealing to the millions of fans here. Games in Mexico can suck it is well. My priorities are obviously different than our AD!

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I don't know, playing a game in Dubai could be a positive perk for recruiting. An exciting trip for many kids who've never been anywhere. As for me though, I'd stay home and watch it on TV.

Could also make inroads in the recruiting hotbed of East Dubai and score some speedy dubainese highschool DBs.
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