Steve Patterson at ASU: A timeline of the athletic director's tenure

Patterson had plans to renovate Sun Devil Stadium. - Christian Petersen

Patterson is now headed for Texas but accomplished a lot in his short time at ASU.

It seemed like yesterday Patterson was brought on to the Sun Devil Athletics staff. Now that he's headed deep into the heart of Texas, here is a recap of his time at Arizona State.

July 5, 2011: Patterson hired as Chief Operations Officer of Sun Devil Athletics and managing director of the Sun Devil Sports group.

December 14, 2011: ASU hires Todd Graham. Although still in the Lisa Love era, Patterson was rumored to have a large say in the decision.

March 28, 2012: Patterson is promoted by ASU president Michael Crow to the position of athletic director after the departure of Lisa Love.

April 4, 2012: Patterson reveals renderings of new Sun Devil Stadium upgrades estimated to cost around $300 million, decreasing the seating capacity by 10,000-15,000 but also making game time temperatures 15-20 degrees cooler.

September 4, 2012: Patterson hires Eric Musselman and Larry Greer to assist head coach Herb Sendek. Both men have previous NBA experience. Greer spent time with the Portland Trail Blazers where Patterson was a GM and president between 2003 and 2007.

March 1, 2013: A new Sparky design created by the Walt Disney Company is released by Patterson and ASU Athletics.

March 19, 2013: New Sparky scrapped after wide spread criticism from the ASU student body and fan base.

April 23, 2013: Patterson and ASU finalize deal to move ASU baseball team from Packard Stadium to Phoenix Municipal Stadium with an upgraded weight room, locker room, and 4,500 more seats for fans.

May 8, 2013: Patterson and ASU reveal the winner of the vote for the new Sparky design which was implemented at the start of the 2013 school year.

June 11, 2013: Patterson successfully negotiates a deal with the Notre Dame athletic department to bring the Fighting Irish to Tempe to play against ASU in football. This was after nearly three months of tense talks as the team from South Bend did not want to play ASU in Tempe.

June 30, 2013: Patterson hires Craig Nicholson to replace Clint Myers who won two College World Series for ASU softball.

August 2013: ASU named a top ten athletic program for sustainability by the National Resource Defense Council. Nine solar panel installations are on or around ASU athletic facilities including those installed this past summer on top of Farrington Stadium.

August 8, 2013: The Times-Picayune reports that LSU and Tulane are looking to open their 2015 season with a game in the Superdome. The Sun Devils were scheduled to play the Tigers in Baton Rouge in 2015 and it appears Patterson will have to find a new opponent.

September 30, 2013: Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds announces his intent to retire at age 76 and move into a consultant’s role by October 31st, 2014. Texas president Bill Powers reveals his intentions to find a replacement by December 1st.

October 3, 2013: Plans to knock down part of the upper deck of Sun Devil Stadium are revealed to the public. The renovations are still scheduled to take place after the Buffulo Wild Wings Bowl in December

October 11, 2013: It is revealed that Steve Patterson and ASU have been engaged in talks for the Sun Devil football team to play Texas A&M at Reliant Stadium in Houston to start the 2015 season.

October 30, 2013: Tyler Lockman of Fox Sports Arizona reports Steve Patterson turned down the University of Texas athletic director position to stay at ASU.

November 5, 2013: Chip Brown, writer for Texas rivals site orangebloods.com breaks news that Patterson has signed a deal worth $1.4 million to become the next athletic director at the University of Texas.

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