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ASU Hires Patterson As Defensive Coordinator

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Arizona State coach Todd Graham, pictured, hired his college roommate Keith Patterson for the third time, this year as co-defensive coordinator and co-special teams coach. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.
Arizona State coach Todd Graham, pictured, hired his college roommate Keith Patterson for the third time, this year as co-defensive coordinator and co-special teams coach. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

College roommates Todd Graham and Keith Patterson will coach together for the third time in their careers.

Patterson will leave West Virginia to become defensive coordinator at Arizona State, CBS Sports reported Thursday. He previously worked for Graham at Tulsa and Pitt after the pair roomed together at East Central University.

Patterson, who also inherits the titles of linebackers coach and defensive special teams coach, leaves West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen searching for his fourth defensive coordinator in as many years.

“I want to thank Keith for his two years that he spent coaching in our program,” Holgorsen said in a statement. “He was a valuable member of our staff, and we wish him nothing but the best.”

Sun Devils fans better hope Patterson inherits better players and that lack of talent accounts for his unit's performances the last two years. After allowing 38.1 points per game in 2012, the Mountaineers "improved" to 99th in FBS and allowed 33.3 per game last season.

Tight ends coach Chip Long will be the "offensive special teams" coach, and Patterson will share defensive coordinator duties with Chris Ball.

Graham is considered a defensive coach and is involved with the unit on a day-to-day basis.