Earlier today, the University of Texas finished their search for a new Athletic Director when they hired Steve Patterson from Arizona State. This hiring put to bed a lot of speculation about some very big names in the college athletics world that were heavily rumored.
Patterson, though, seems more than qualified to take over the reins of the athletics department for one of the most prominent institutions in the country. He has NBA and NFL experience, plus he was a huge factor in getting the Super Bowl to Houston a few years back.
The University of Texas accounted for all of this in a statement that they’ve recently released, officially announcing the hire:
“Steve Patterson emerged as the perfect candidate to build on Texas’ athletic success and DeLoss Dodds’ legacy,” said UT Austin President Bill Powers. “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 be taking over for DeLoss Dodds who recently announced that he’ll be stepping away after 32 years on the job in Austin.