The men's basketball program opens its season Friday night at home against Mercer. The Longhorns had their first losing season in 15 years under Barnes last year and haven't made it past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament in five years.
Texas began its job search last month when Dodds announced he would leave by Aug. 31, 2014. Dodds had said he would stay in the job until his replacement was found, but would step aside into an advising role once that person got to campus.
Patterson, 55, has been Arizona State athletic director only since March 2012 and had previously been responsible for the school's athletics business operations and facilities. Patterson has deep Texas ties: He got his undergraduate and law degrees at Texas, and had executive jobs with the Houston Texans in the NFL and the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA.
"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,'' Powers said.
Arizona State President Michael M. Crow said senior Vice President James Rund would serve as the Sun Devil's interim athletic director. Crow said he understood Patterson's desire to return to Texas and wished him well.
"During his stay at ASU, Steve Patterson has positioned Sun Devil athletics to continue its forward momentum well into the future,'' Crow said. "He first became involved with ASU three years ago to put the university's athletic department on a sound financial footing and that is exactly what he has done.''