According to several media reports, Texas is set to hire Arizona State’s Steve Patterson as its next athletic director. Patterson graduated from Texas’ Law School in 1984 and edged West Virginia’s Oliver Luck for the job.
Patterson will replace DeLoss Dodds, who is set to retire in August 2014. At Arizona State, Patterson has helped to start a project for renovating Sun Devil Stadium and signed coach Todd Graham to an extension in early September.
Patterson was hired as Arizona State’s athletic director on March 28, 2012.
Patterson has experience in several different areas, including stints with the Texans (1997-2003) and in the NBA with the Rockets (1989-93) and in Portland (2003-07).
Although he has been successful at each stop, Patterson did not hire Graham at Arizona State and this will be his first experience hiring a collegiate coach. Considering Texas is the top job in the nation, Patterson should not have a shortage of interested candidates - provided Mack Brown does not return in 2013.