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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Longhorns AD calls Louisville

By Brett McMurphy
ESPN

The athletic directors at Texas and Louisville exchanged voicemails Tuesday, but Texas AD Steve Patterson did not ask to speak to Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong, Louisville AD Tom Jurich told ESPN.

Patterson left a voicemail Tuesday morning with Jurich, who told ESPN that he returned Patterson's call within 20 minutes and left his own voicemail.

Jurich said Patterson did not request permission to speak with Strong about filling the Longhorns' coaching vacancy, and Jurich did not grant permission in his voicemail.

Texas is looking to replace Mack Brown, whose era with the Longhorns ended with Monday's 30-7 loss to Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Orangebloods.com reported Tuesday that Patterson flew to an undisclosed location to interview Strong, who has received a high recommendation from the search firm Korn/Ferry, which is assisting in the hunt for Brown's replacement. ESPN was unable to confirm that Patterson and Strong met.