The University of Texas at Austin formally introduced its new athletic director Thursday morning. Steve Patterson will replace Deloss Dodds and become the tenth athletic director in the university's history.
Dodds is retiring after 32 years at the helm of UT athletics.
Patterson faces some immediate challenges as he assumes his new position, including determining the futures of Longhorn's football coach Mack Brown and men's basketball coach Rick Barnes. Patterson will also be faced with a potential federal civil rights lawsuit against the university from former women's track coach Bev Kearney.
Kearney was forced to resign in January after it was revealed that she had what the university deemed an inappropriate relationship with one of her athletes.
Coach Brown sees Patterson's hiring as a good move that will have help the athletic program continue its prominence in the future.
"I'm excited to have a guy who knows this place, who's been around this place and understands the culture of the place and will help us move forward," said Brown.