Keith Patterson headed to Arkansas State

Pitt interim head coach Keith Patterson has been hired as Arkansas State defensive coordinator, the Red Wolves announced Wednesday night.

Patterson spent this past season as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach before taking over as interim head coach Dec. 14 when Todd Graham left for Arizona State. He will lead Pitt against SMU in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday and will assume his duties as Arkansas State defensive coordinator afterward.

“I am excited to bring Coach Patterson on board and we welcome him to our Arkansas State family,” coach Gus Malzahn said. “We are getting one of the nation’s top-tier defensive coordinators and one of the top defensive minds in college football.”