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Karpman: Former Blazers President Steve Patterson To Be COO Of ASU AD

Chip Karpman of ASUDevils.com reports that former Portland Trail Blazers president Steve Patterson has been hired as the COO of Arizona State University's Athletic Department. --------------------------------- Former Portland Trail Blazers President Steve Patterson will lead the department's operations and spearhead its plans for significant capital projects improvements according to multiple sources at the school. Patterson will be named Chief Operating Officer of Sun Devil Athletics and Managing Director of the Arizona State Sports Group, a new entity created by school president Dr. Michael Crow specifically to provide Patterson with a leadership role in the athletic department. "There is a major need for this type of position at Arizona State at this specific time and that's what Dr. Crow believed after looking at this very carefully," said ASU spokesperson Virgil Renzulli. "You have the new Pac-12 media rights deal, the creation of a stadium district, and a numerous other challenges all coming together at the same time. --------------------------------- Hat tip: Brian Berger -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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