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WVU DC Patterson Leaves Program

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West Virginia defensive coordinator Keith Patterson has "voluntarily left" the football program, according to a release from the university's sports information department. 

Patterson had been elevated to the coordinator position in 2013 after serving one year on the staff as WVU's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Prior to joining the Mountaineers' staff, he was defensive coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh under now Arizona State head coach Todd Graham. 

A team source confirmed earlier reports that Patterson would be rejoining Graham on the Sun Devils' staff. 

"I want to thank Keith for his two years that he spent coaching in our program," head coach Dana Holgorsen said in the release. "He was a valuable member of our staff, and we wish him nothing but the best."

Patterson was Holgorsen's third defensive coordinator in three seasons as WVU head coach, following Jeff Casteel and Joe DeForest. 

West Virginia's defense has struggled since the team joined the Big 12, finishing ninth out of 10 league teams in total defense this past season. 

Patterson was not made available to the media Wednesday to discuss the staff's recruiting efforts on National Signing Day. According to the release, WVU will have no further comment on the matter. 

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