Thursday, October 1, 2015

Steve Patterson and Striking a U.T. Nerve


"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight."
Proverbs 11:1

It's not a secret that this website has called former U.T. Athletic Director Steve Patterson a "Bill Powers crony hire":
Bottom Line: If you were looking for a connection between cronyism in the admissions process and the under-performance of the athletic department, here's your smoking gun; at this point, we wouldn't be surprised to learn Joe Straus had written Steve Patterson a letter of recommendation.
Given what seemed likely at the time, two weeks ago, this website sent the following open records request to the University of Texas system:
All written communication be/ween any relevant University personnel and eifher Korn/Ferry International or Pulse Point Consulting between September J, 2013 and Decentber l, 2013, While (his list is not mean/ to be all encompassing, please specifically include the following University personnel: Francisco Cigarroa, Bill P0hvers, Greg Fenves, DeLoss Dodds, Mack Brcnvn, Rick Barnes, Gene Povpell, Sieve Hicks, Rober( Stillwell, Wallace llall, Brenda Peiovich, Alex Cranberg, Paul Foster, .1effery Hildebrand, Ernest Aliseda, Nancy Brazzil, Paul Walker, Jeff Hunt, or Sieve Patterson.
This afternoon, about an hour before the 2 week (10 "business day") deadline, U.T. sent the following response:



Bottom Line: If asking about how Steve Patterson got hired by Bill Powers in the first place didn't leave you wondering about cronyism at U.T., the fact that an open records request on that topic led U.T. to explicitly state "we reserve all listed exceptions in the public information act and those captured by 'other law' in Section 552.001 of the Texas Government Code" and "System does not wave any exception" should tell you everything you need to know.

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