The University of Texas recently hired Steve Patterson to replace DeLoss Dodds as the school’s athletic director. Now, just over a month into his tenure, Patterson must fill one of the nation’s most prestigious coaching positions, with Mack Brown having announced his resignation.
Brown will officially step down following the Longhorns’ Alamo Bowl game against Oregon.
While every name under the sun is bound to be thrown around, from the sounds of Patterson’s criteria, he already has an idea of which coaches Texas will target.
Following are Patterson’s requirements for the Longhorns’ new head coach:
- “Whoever is going to coach here has to have extensive experience in the college game.”
- “You’ve got to be good with the press.”
- “You’ve got to be able to recruit.”
- “You’ve got to understand what a big-time college football program is about.”
- “You’ve got to win and win big.”
- “You’ve got to graduate your student-athletes.”
- “You’ve got to take real classes.”
- “You’ve got to mentor them and recruit the right type of folks.”
Despite the massive task to take Texas’ football program back to the top, the new man in charge isn’t phased by the pressure.
“I don’t worry about pressure,” Patterson said. “I’ve been operating in this universe for all of my adult life.”