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AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 15:  University of Texas at Austin Men's Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds, right, University President William Powers Jr., center, and Women's Athletics Director Chris Plonskon announce the athletics programs will continue competing in the Big 12 Conference June 15, 2010 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

University of Texas Men’s Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds, right, will retire in 2014. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (AP) — Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson has accepted the athletic director’s job at the University of Texas.

Arizona State President Michael M. Crow issued a statement Tuesday wishing Patterson well at Texas.

West Virginia’s Oliver Luck had been widely reported as the favorite for the Texas position. Patterson emerged as the top candidate after interviewing with Texas’ search advisory committee over the weekend.

Patterson will replace DeLoss Dodds, who is stepping down after 32 years at Texas. Patterson will take over the country’s wealthiest college athletic department with an annual budget of nearly $170 million.

He also inherits questions over the job security of Longhorns football coach Mack Brown and basketball coach Rick Barnes.

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