Steve Patterson

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


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)

Former Texas A&M WR Thomas Johnson arrested on murder charge

Thomas Johnson
Associated Press

A very disturbing story has emerged out of Dallas, where former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson sits in a Dallas County jail cell after allegedly admitting to hacking an unsuspecting jogger to death with a machete.

Just before 8 a.m. Monday, authorities say Johnson went to White Rock Creek Trail, a popular jogging trail in northeast Dallas, and randomly slashed a jogger to death. “It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told the Dallas Morning News. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”

Johnson then walked away from the scene in search of a cell phone. An onlooker had already dialed 911, and when police arrived Johnson allegedly told them there was a man “laying down with a sword in his head and not moving.”

“I just committed capital murder,” Johnson said and then repeated, according to his arrest affidavit. The only motive police reported was that Johnson was angry at his situation in life at the time of the slaying.

The victim, an unidentified male between the age of 25 and 35, passed away at a nearby hospital.

Johnson, meanwhile, remains in a Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Johnson was a highly-regarded member of Kevin Sumlin‘s first recruiting class at Texas A&M. As a true freshman in 2012, the Dallas native caught 30 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown through the Aggies’ upset of then-No. 1 Alabama and then simply… disappeared. He went missing for three days in November 2012 before turning up back home in Dallas. His mother told the San Antonio Express-News last April Johnson would like to return to college football, but a return to the game never materialized.

No punishment from SEC for Bielema’s sideline interaction with Alabama player

Bret Bielema

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will not be disciplined by the SEC office for his brief interaction with Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson last weekend. A video showing Bielema exaggerating his interaction with Robinson at the end of a play was reviewed by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and the commissioner has discussed the situation with the Razorbacks coach.

“I visited with Bret over the phone on Monday and we discussed the play that has now become widely reviewed through a brief video clip,” Sankey said in a released statement. “Football is played in an intense competitive environment and I reminded him of the need for head coaches to resolve with their own players issues that may arise, which was his intent. The unsportsmanlike penalty assessed on the play was not directly associated with Bret’s efforts to intervene at the end of the play and we are moving forward in a positive manner.”

That appears to be the end of the discussion regarding Bielema’s act. I personally think there should have been some more done here by the league’s commissioner, but we will see if Bielema avoids putting himself in a similar position moving forward.