Texas athletic director Steve Patterson fired after 2 years on job

Steve Patterson The awkward dismissal of Texas football coach Mack Brown came first, then the departure of athletic director DeLoss Dodds. That was followed by the firings of school President Bill Powers and basketball coach Rick Barnes.

Now athletic director Steve Patterson is gone, too, after less than two years — an abrupt end to his rocky tenure atop the nation’s wealthiest athletic program that remains in turmoil.

Patterson, whose aggressive approach to raising money, rankled fans and some major donors, was dismissed Tuesday by university President Greg Fenves, according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because the school hadn’t announced the move.