8-man committee to aid Texas AD

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has appointed an eight-member advisory committee and retained an executive recruiting firm to aid in his search for the Longhorns' next football coach.

Included in the group tasked with finding Mack Brown's successor are two members of the UT System Board of Regents, Steve Hicks and Robert Stillwell, as well as former Regent Robert Rowling. They're joined on the committee by UT professor Michael Clement, U.S. federal judge Ricardo Hinojosa, former Exxon Mobil vice president Charles Matthews, Capital Royalty chairman Charles Tate and Pamela Willeford, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and former chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinator Board.

All eight members of the search committee were appointed by UT president Bill Powers in October to assist in Texas' athletic director search. They interviewed only two candidates, and Patterson was selected over West Virginia AD Oliver Luck following a three-week search.

Patterson also hired Jed Hughes of Korn/Ferry International to help with Texas' search for a football coach. Korn/Ferry aided in Texas' AD search and also USC's search to replace former football coach Lane Kiffin.

Brown resigned on Saturday after 16 seasons at Texas. He has said he will not be involved in the search process.