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Sun Devils announce addition of ex-WVU DC

Keith Patterson

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).

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3 Responses to “Sun Devils announce addition of ex-WVU DC”
  1. dmvtransplant says: Feb 7, 2014 9:23 PM

    With a resume like that why would you turn the Defense over to that guy?

  2. jbradford2 says: Feb 7, 2014 11:00 PM


    Todd Graham runs the defense in Tempe. Patterson will be more like a glorified LB/ST coach with some input on the defensive gameplan week in and week out…consolidation of power may be the phrase I’m looking for – lots of college coaches like to do it particularly in regard to their area of expertise.

  3. blastfurnaceknows says: Feb 12, 2014 10:07 PM

    If Todd Graham is “running” the defense in Tempe, then ASU is in for a world of trouble. I thought his “expertise” was on the offensive side of the ball and in being a cut and run, characterless head coach in college football and a generally scumbag of a human being. No, wait, the lack of character and scumbag parts are pretty much well known facts. Didn’t a crappy Texas Tech team embarrass ASU on both sides of the ball in a bowl game anyway? So, maybe in addition to being a despicable human being, he is also a pretty bad head coach? Yeah, that’s always been a fact, too.

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