Those connected to the University of Texas were not surprised to learn that Longhorns athletic director Steve Patterson had been relieved of his duties after just 22 months on the job.
Patterson was hired to replace long time UT AD Deloss Dodds in December of 2013 and was selected over then WVU AD and current NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs, Oliver Luck. Sources at Texas indicated to BGS at that time that Luck fell out of favor of UT administration because of his views on how to handle the departure of then Longhorns head coach Mark Brown.
With Patterson now gone ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported on Tuesday that Luck is again a leading candidate for the vacancy.
UT candidates: Bob Bowlsby, Tom Jurich, Oliver Luck & Mack Brown, but Brown said he hasn’t talked w/anyone about job http://t.co/FCcBMNu9EW
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 15, 2015
Luck was originally widely believed to be the leading candidate for the job in 2013. Actually the confidence was so high that WVU had gotten together a list of potential replacements for when Luck departed.
Since McMurphy’s tweet Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has taken his name out of consideration and former UT head coach Mack Brown has stated he has not spoken to anyone regarding the open position. Louisville AD Tom Jurich and Oliver Luck have yet to comment.
Luck is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.