Nov 6 2013, 12:41am CST | by Poch de la Rosa
This was confirmed by no less than the Texas Longhorns' official athletic website on Nov. 5. Patterson, who becomes the 10th athletics director in school history, replaces DeLoss Dodds who is stepping down after 32 years as athletic director.
University president Bill Powers said Patterson's impressive credentials, which include stints with the NBA's Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers as well as the NFL's Houston Texans, earned him the nod.
"Steve Patterson emerged as the perfect candidate to build on Texas' athletic success and DeLoss Dodds' legacy. Steve helped build an NBA championship team and brought the Super Bowl game to Houston. Far more important, he's run a winning program at Arizona State that places students first and is committed to their lifelong success."
According to Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News, Patterson was given a five-year deal worth $1.4 million annually. This makes him one of the highest-paid athletic directors in the country. His predecessor, Dodds, earned $1.1 million.
Carlton also elaborated on the challenges which Patterson immediately faces.
"Patterson,55, will take over the nation's wealthiest athletic department but one with underperforming major programs and turmoil involving President Bill Powers and the school's Board of Regents. His first major decision could involve the future of football coach Mack Brown."
Patterson beat out West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck, who "thought he had it," per ESPN. The latter is the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Arizona State president Michael Crow gave his well wishes to Patterson, who has undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas.
"During his stay at ASU, Steve Patterson has positioned Sun Devil athletics to continue its forward momentum well into the future. I well understand his desire to return to his home state and wish him well at the University of Texas."
Crow named senior vice president James Rund as Arizona State's interim athletic director while the university conducts a nationwide search for Patterson's permanent replacement.
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