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Steve Patterson: 5 Months Into the Job

Updated: Wednesday, April 2 2014, 06:05 AM CDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has his eye on China and the Middle East as vast new markets to expand the Longhorns burnt orange brand around the globe.The leader of the nations wealthiest athletic program also insisted Tuesday that university athletes are students, not employees. If they want to be treated as workers, they should turn pro, Patterson said.Professional athletics is something completely different, Patterson said, addressing last weeks ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board that Northwesterns football team can be considered employees and have the right to form what would be the nations first union for college athletes.

If youre a football player coming out of high school that decides you want to go to the pros, go take up your issue with (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell, the owners and the union, Patterson said. Thats your place to go, if you want to go play professional football, if you want to go be an employee.

If you want to go play professional basketball, go the D-league, knock yourself out, then in the draft to the NBA, Patterson said. Thats your place if you want to be an employee, if you want to be a professional. This is not your place, Patterson said, tapping his finger on his desk.

This is a free country. You can make that choice all day long. Knock yourself out, he said. This is student athletics.

Patterson clearly has had an eye on making money for the program he took over in November 2013 and sees huge potential in new markets.Texas is already in agreement with the Pac-12 to play Washington in mens basketball in China in November 2015. Patterson acknowledged Tuesday hes also had some early discussions playing sports in Dubai. He didnt say which sport or when, but noted that part of the world has many Texas alumni working in the oil and gas industries.
Patterson called athletics the front porch for the university and its ability to draw students, faculty and donors from around the world.
But he showed no interest in resuming a rivalry with a school just 100 miles away: Texas A&M. The Longhorns-Aggies rivalry that started in 1894 ended in 2011 when the Aggies left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.
Theres a lot of great tradition in the rivalry. At some point in the future, does it make some business sense, some branding sense to play again? I dont know. Its not at the top of my list, Patterson said.
Im more focused in how do we grow the footprint of the department beyond what separates College Station and Austin, he said.
-Associated Press

Steve Patterson: 5 Months Into the Job


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October 31, 2014 07:08 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

New Orleans 28, Carolina 10

Sunday's Games

Arizona at Dallas, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Houston, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Washington at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

San Diego at Miami, 1 p.m.

St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Denver at New England, 4:25 p.m.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

Open: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee

Monday's Game

Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Thursday's Games

Washington 105, Orlando 98

Minnesota 97, Detroit 91

New York 95, Cleveland 90

Dallas 120, Utah 102

L.A. Clippers 93, Oklahoma City 90

Friday's Games

Memphis at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Portland at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Thursday's Games

New Jersey 2, Winnipeg 1, SO

Chicago 5, Ottawa 4, SO

Minnesota 4, San Jose 3, SO

Boston 3, Buffalo 2, OT

Pittsburgh 3, Los Angeles 0

Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 3

Florida 2, Arizona 1

St. Louis 2, Anaheim 0

Colorado 5, N.Y. Islanders 0

Vancouver 3, Montreal 2, OT

Friday's Games

Toronto at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Anaheim at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Nashville at Calgary, 9 p.m.

MLS PLAYOFFS

KNOCKOUT ROUND Eastern Conference

Thursday, Oct. 30: New York 2, Sporting Kansas City 1

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