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Update: ASU’s Steve Patterson hired as new Texas AD

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UPDATED 12:27 p.m. ET: Of course, a nanosecond after we hit “publish” on the post below, two reports surfaced that Steve Patterson is indeed Texas’ choice for its top athletic department post.

Both Pete Thamel of and Chip Brown of are reporting that the Arizona State athletic director has decided to take the same job at Texas. “It’s done,” a UT official told Thamel while Brown quotes a high-level university source as stating that the hiring has “been agreed to by both sides.”

An official announcement from the school is expected later this week.

Well this is certainly an unexpected development.


For the better part of two weeks, all of the reports coming from in and around Austin had West Virginia’s Oliver Luck pegged as far and away the front-runner to replace DeLoss Dodds as Texas’ athletic director.

However,‘s Pete Thamel, citing a high-ranking Texas official with direct knowledge of the situation, is reporting Tuesday morning that Arizona State’s Steve Patterson has now emerged as the favorite for the AD job at UT.  Patterson, who earned his law degree from the university, “may have an edge because of his ‘marketing experience’ and ‘business experience’,” Thamel wrote.

After initially rebuffing overtures from his alma mater, Patterson interviewed in front of the eight-person search committee, leaving the group impressed with his business acumen and vision for the future.

Patterson and Luck, along with Arkansas’ Jeff Long, were identified over the weekend as the three finalists for the job.  Long subsequently released a statement denying interest in the post.

If Patterson is indeed the choice, he could be publicly named as early as this week.  If Luck once again emerges as the candidate of choice, his hiring wouldn’t be announced until after Saturday’s UT-WVU football game.

(Photo credit: Arizona State University)

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3 Responses to “Update: ASU’s Steve Patterson hired as new Texas AD”
  1. v2the4 says: Nov 5, 2013 12:50 PM

    would like to welcome Steve Patterson back to the 40 acres as the new AD.

    I think his pro experience with the Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, along with his business experience pushed him over the top.

    congrats again, and welcome back Steve.

  2. gorilladunk says: Nov 5, 2013 1:43 PM

    Love all the “insiders” at UT who have told us over the past few days that it was a “done deal” with Oliver Luck. Proving once again…it’s not a done deal until it’s a done deal! I’m sure that Patterson will do a good job. Wonder what this means for Mack? Maybe some of those “insiders” can tell us. LOL!

  3. noaxetogrind says: Nov 5, 2013 2:49 PM

    Time will tell if this was a good hire or not but I think it was time for a change. This is not a shot at Texas, just a statement of fact that I think most UT folks would agree with. Texas has the largest athletic budget in the country. They have access to one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the country, not just in football. That being said, they have been an underperforming athletic program based on resources. They are not even in the same zip code for the last 10 years overall as say a University of Florida or Stanford. Stanford wins so many national titles in the so called Olympic sports it’s not even funny. They haven’t been as dominant in the big three but still impressive. You look at a Florida, they do almost as well as Stanford in the Olympic sports and they have won and compete for NC’s in football, basketball and baseball regularly. In my opinion that is how Texas should be. Just one man’s opinion.

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