AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Interim Texas athletic director Mike Perrin says he will be reaching out to the “entire Longhorn nation” of fans and donors who had been angered by the policies of his predecessor.
Perrin was introduced Wednesday, a day after athletic director Steve Patterson departed after two years on the job in which he alienated large groups of supporters who were staying away from games and threatening to withhold money.
Perrin is a Houston trial attorney and former Texas linebacker who played in the 1960s. He says university President Greg Fenves called him about the job on Labor Day.
Perrin says he’s already reached out to alumni groups and met with the Texas coaching staff. He calls football coach Charlie Strong a friend.
Perrin has a $750,000 contract through August 2016.
Rawle Alkins is the No. 9 player in the Class of 2016, according to Rivals, a powerful scoring guard with the handle and flair that you would expect out of a kid from New York City.
Alkins — whose game is reminiscent of another power guard from New York, Lance Stephenson — is being pursued by just about every program in the country. Over the summer, he told NBCSports.com that “Duke is the only program that hasn’t offered me a scholarship”.
Recently, Alkins made the decision to leave the city and transfer to Word of God Academy in North Carolina. They’re getting quite a talented player.
UCLA has landed a commitment from another elite Southern California prospect, as Class of 2017 recruit Jaylen Hands has committed to play for the Bruins.
“Thank you to those who recruited me,” Hands wrote on twitter. “Me and my family chose to further my education and career at UCLA.”
Hands is a top 25 prospect in the Class of 2017, according to Rivals. A 6-foot-1 point guard who will play his high school ball for Balboa City Prep, the same program that elite prospect Deandre Ayton plays for, Hands is the third member of the 2017 recruiting class that Steve Alford has landed, joining four-star power forward Jalen hill and three-star shooting guard LiAngelo Ball. Ball is the younger brother of Lonzo, a five-star point guard in the Class of 2016 that is committed to UCLA, and the older brother of LaMelo Ball, a Class of 2019 guard committed to the Bruins.
Hands played his AAU ball for the Compton Magic, a program with whom UCLA has very close ties. Assistant coach David Grace was once a coach in the Magic program.