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Patterson Named New Texas AD

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Texas named current Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson as the successor for DeLoss Dodds on Tuesday.

The news comes just days after insiders deemed West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck as the frontrunner and Patterson told azcentral.com he wasn't interested in the position.

"But Patterson, 55, impressed (Texas president Bill) Powers and the (eight-person) committee in his interview and agreed to accept the job on Tuesday," the Houston Chronicle reported.

Patterson graduated from UT's law school in 1984 and also has worked for the Houston Rockets (1989-1993), Houston Texans (1997-03) and Portland Trailblazers (2003-07).

He played a key role in bringing the Texans, Reliant Stadium and Super Bowl XXXVIII to Houston. As general manager the previous five seasons, Patterson also helped build the team that won the 1994 NBA championship.

Dodds, who is stepping down after 32 years, remains under contract through Aug. 31, 2014, but Patterson is expected to inherit several key decisions, including the futures of football coach Mack Brown and basketball coach Rick Barnes.

Dodds oversaw the largest athletics budget in the country at $163.3 million, ESPN reported.

ASU named James Rund its interim athletic director according to azcentral.com.

Think it could get a touch awkward this weekend as Texas travels to face West Virginia?