Apparently Todd Graham's persuasive powers aren't simply limited to recruits as West Virginia defensive coordinator Keith Patterson is now heading to Arizona State too, according to WV Metro News.
Patterson's precise role with the Sun Devils has not yet been confirmed but Fox Sports Arizona's Tyler Lockman is reporting that he will chip on special teams and "could have 'defensive coordinator' title." With cornerbacks/special teams coach Joe Lorig leaving for Utah State, it's probably safe to assume that Patterson will at least be absorbing some sliver of his previous responsibilities.
Patterson worked alongside Graham at Pittsburgh during the 2011 season as his defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. Patterson was also named Pitt's interim head coach once Graham announced he was leaving for Arizona State.
According to WV Metro News' report, Patterson was not seen at West Virginia's football headquarters for Wednesday's National Signing Day festivities. Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen released an official statement on Patterson's decision to leave Thursday:
"I want to thank Keith for his two years that he spent coaching in our program. He was a valuable member of our staff, and we wish him nothing but the best."
Patterson was West Virgina's co-defensive coordinator in 2012 before taking full control this past season. West Virginia ranked 101st in total defense (455 yards per game) and 99th in scoring (33.3 points per game allowed) in 2013.
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