Just a few days ago, Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson was considered an “interesting candidate” in the search to replace longtime University of Texas AD DeLoss Dodds, who announced earlier this fall his intention to step down from the post he has held for the past 32 years. On Tuesday, Patterson was announced as the new Texas athletic director.
The 55-year-old Patterson is expected to be in place in his new position by early December, University of Texas officials told the Dallas Morning News. One of his first major responsibilities will be to determine the status of head football coach Mack Brown, who has been on the hot seat the past couple of years because of the Longhorns’ poor performance relative to the program’s historical success and it’s seemingly perennial high ranking in bringing in some of the country’s best recruiting classes every year.
“Steve Patterson emerged as the perfect candidate to build on Texas’ athletic success and DeLoss Dodds’ legacy,” Texas President William Powers said in a statement issued by the university.
Patterson has been athletic director at Arizona State since March of 2012. He also has held administrative positions in professional sports, including five years as president and later general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA and before that as senior vice president and chief development officer of the NFL’s Houston Texans.
The new Texas athletic director reportedly agreed to a five-year contract valued at $1.4 million, according to the Dallas Morning News. That will make him one of the highest paid athletic administrators in the country. Dodds salary was reported to be $1.1 million.