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Texas confirms Patterson’s hiring as Dodds’ replacement

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Thanks to multiple reports plus the acknowledgement of Arizona State’s president, Texas has been forced to speed up its announcement of the permanent replacement for the retiring DeLoss Dodds.

Expected later on in the week, UT instead announced Tuesday afternoon that Steve Patterson has been hired as the university’s new athletic director.  Patterson will be officially introduced at a press conference later this week.

The Board of Regents must still sign off on the hire, although that appears to be merely a technicality at this point.

“Steve Patterson emerged as the perfect candidate to build on Texas’ athletic success and DeLoss Dodds’ legacy,” UT president Bill Powers said in a statement. “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

Patterson will take over “later this fall,” Powers said, with Dodds sliding into an advisory role.

One of the most important decisions Patterson will make during his time in Austin will also be one of his first.  While the Longhorns have turned things around since an embarrassing start to the 2013 season, there are still questions as to the long-term future of Mack Brown as head coach, questions that will now have to be answered by Patterson — and boosters and the like — moving forward.

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6 Responses to “Texas confirms Patterson’s hiring as Dodds’ replacement”
  1. cometkazie says: Nov 5, 2013 3:56 PM

    Was he on anyone’s list?

  2. thefiesty1 says: Nov 5, 2013 4:01 PM

    I guess Luck wanted too much money. Powers has spoken, so be it. Now, how soon can they send DeLoss down the retirement highway.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 5, 2013 4:05 PM

    When has money been an issue for Texas? Maybe Luck just told them no….

  4. peddealer says: Nov 5, 2013 4:07 PM

    I am disappointed. Wanted Luck. Will always be a Horn fan for life! Also, where has everyone’s A&M clothes gone since they lost a couple games? Fair weather fans!
    Seriously, I will miss the Deloss Dodds era.
    I have faith in UT to make the right call with the hire.

    Now, can we move on from Mack and go get a Quarterback?!?!

    Not named McCoy!!

  5. greggatx says: Nov 5, 2013 9:52 PM

    Congratulations to Steve Patterson and welcome back to the State of Texas. I think the University of Texas made a great hire. Looking forward to a new era in Longhorn football. We will continue our winning tradition! Hook’em Horns!!

  6. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 5, 2013 11:03 PM

    It’s a solid hire. His only problem is replacing the architect for Texas, Inc. Short of hiring Saban, he will
    always be compared to Dodds, which is unfair. Luck
    still can’t shake what he did to the Houston Sports
    Aurthority and Harris County taxpayers.

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