Patterson was hired in 2013 to replace longtime athletic director DeLoss Dodds. Since agreeing to the five-year deal worth $1.4 million annually, Patterson’s style has been consistently criticized from nearly every key constituency, including alumni, boosters, fans and even coaches.
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According to the report, Fenves has expressed concerns to Patterson and urged him to change an approach that appears to be alienating many. Former president Bill Powers had similar concerns about Patterson, a former general manager of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and most recently the athletic director at Arizona State.
The Dallas Morning News also recently obtained an internal athletic department memo that has been sent to donors. It addresses many of the criticisms that have dogged Patterson. It can be viewed here.