Texas tabs Mike Perrin as athletic director

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas President Greg Fenves announced Thursday he’s taking the “interim’ tag off men’s athletics director Mike Perrin and extending his contract into 2018.

Perrin, an attorney and former Longhorns football player, was hired in September after Steve Patterson was forced out after less than two years.

Perrin was initially hired on a one-year contract of about $700,000. A Fenves email to staff announcing the move did not indicate a change in salary.

Since Perrin’s arrival, Texas has reached a new $250 million apparel and licensing contract with Nike, and announced it would not raise football season ticket prices for two years. Perrin has also voiced strong support for head football coach Charlie Strong, who is 10-14 in two seasons heading into Saturday’s game at No. 12 Baylor.