Gary Patterson, who had great success against Texas as the head coach at TCU, is set to join Steve Sarkisian's staff with the Longhorns in an off-field role as special assistant to the head coach, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

Patterson was spotted at a basketball game Tuesday night wearing a Longhorns shirt and talking with UT athletic director Chris Del Conte, who worked with Patterson as TCU's athletic director before taking the Texas job.

Patterson, a defensive specialist, beat Texas six out of seven years before the Longhorns won 32-27 this past season in Fort Worth. TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012, and the Horned Frogs were 7-3 against the Longhorns in Big 12 play.