AUSTIN -- Thursday the University of Texas introduced its new men's athletic director, Steve Patterson. He comes to Austin from Arizona State.

Patterson has experience and strong Texas ties. He got his undergraduate and law degrees at Texas; he had executive jobs with the Houston Texans and the Houston Rockets.

Patterson's hiring must be approved by the University of Texas system board of regents. The group meets next Tuesday.

Patterson will succeed Deloss Dodds, who is leaving UT after 32 years.

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