One day after abruptly “parting ways” with West Virginia, Keith Patterson has, as expected, made his way to the desert to reunite with an old friend and former boss.
Following up on reports that surfaced even before his departure from WVU was officially announced, Arizona State confirmed that Patterson has been added to Todd Graham‘s coaching staff. Patterson will serve as defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and defensive special teams coach.
The press release noted that co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball will continue to serve in that capacity.
Patterson has a long history with Graham, having served on the ASU head coach’s staffs at Tulsa and Pittsburgh as coordinator. Graham and Patterson were also college roommates.
At least based on recent returns, Patterson brings a suspect résumé to the Sun Devils.
In two years with Patterson as coordinator, the Mountaineers finished 99th (33.3 points per game, 2013) and 114th (38.1 ppg, 2012) in scoring defense. In total defense, WVU finished 2013 101st (455 yards per game) after ending 2012 114th (472.5 ypg).