Texas reportedly fired athletic director Steve Patterson on Tuesday after a brutal 22 months at the helm, that included turmoil within the athletic department and yielded poor results on the football field and basketball court. Patterson had three years left on his five-year contract, for which he was to be paid a guaranteed $1.4 million per year.

Patterson arrived at Texas in November 2013 after previous stints as the athletic director at Arizona State and the general manager of the Portland Trailblazers. He inherited a program that was already going in the wrong direction under Mack Brown and forced Brown out that season. Then he fired basketball coach Rick Barnes after the 2014-15 season.

The Longhorns appear to have hired their top candidate in basketball, Shaka Smart, and their top non-Nick Saban candidate in football, Charlie Strong.