Texas names Arizona State athletic director to its post

Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:06 AM
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Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson is leaving for Texas, where he will take over the wealthiest athletic department in the country and a program facing questions about the job security of its football and men’s basketball coaches, as well as its president.

Patterson accepted an offer from Texas yesterday after interviewing for the job over the weekend. West Virginia’s Oliver Luck had reportedly been the leading candidate to succeed DeLoss Dodds, who is stepping down at Texas after 32 years.

Patterson’s most immediate questions at Texas likely center on the future of football coach Mack Brown, men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes and a potential federal civil rights lawsuit from former women’s track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced to resign in January after revelations of a previous relationship with one of her athletes.

In addition, Texas President Bill Powers has tangled with regents in recent years over tuition and graduation rates and other issues, and has a thin majority of support on the nine-member board of regents. State lawmakers are investigating whether to impeach one regent over attempts to force Powers out.

Patterson, 55, got his undergraduate and law degrees at Texas, and had executive jobs with the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.

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