The University of Texas ended its month-long search for a new men’s athletic director Tuesday, hiring a Texas graduate with less than two years’ experience as a college athletic director after spending most of his career in the professional sports world.
But UT President Bill Powers and the school’s eight-member advisory committee believed Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson was the right hire to replace DeLoss Dodds, who is retiring after spending the past 32 years guiding the athletic department and building the Longhorns into a national college power.
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THE PATTERSON FILE
College background: Has been Arizona State’s athletic director since March 2012.
Pro background: Spent more than two decades as an executive with the NFL’s Houston Texans, the NBA’s Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, and the Houston Aeros professional hockey team.
Notable: Patterson is a 1980 graduate of Texas (business degree) as well as a graduate of the UT School of Law (1984).