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.
Standing on the free throw line with 2:39 remaining on Tuesday night, Georgetown junior forward Nate Lubick had no idea he had a chance to set his career-high in points. Neither did coach John Thompson III.
With less than a week to go before Selection Sunday, there still is plenty that can unfold. And with 16 regular-season conference winners not yet underway in their league tournaments after this past weekend, there are plenty of places for havoc.
Rick Barnes hadn't even seen Kevin Durant play when Texas offered the high school sophomore a scholarship. The offer actually came from an excited assistant coach.
Several Texas senators on Thursday criticized the recent $200,000 raise for Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes, calling it "nuts" and "tone deaf" during a state budget crisis that threatens deep cuts to higher education.
Making the NCAA basketball tournament never gets old for George Mason. When you've been The Invisible Program for three decades — lost in the Georgetown/Maryland shuffle — you don't forget your humble beginnings, don't forget where you came from.