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February 6, 2014

Turner Loses Patterson to Vikings

Ron Turner will have to replace defensive line coach Andre Patterson as he left for a position with the Minnesota Vikings. This is a tough loss for the FIU football program as Patterson was well liked and had excellent experience to go along with it.

Patterson is a veteran coach with nearly 30 years of experience on the defensive side of the ball, mostly with the defensive line. His career has spanned 14 seasons in college football, 10 years working in the NFL and five seasons at the start of career as a high school head coach.

His NFL career included stops at New England (1997), Minnesota (1998-99), Dallas (2000-02), Cleveland (2003-04) and Denver (2005-06). In the NFL Patterson worked under several prominent head coaches: Dave Campo (Dallas), Pete Carroll (New England), Butch Davis (Cleveland), Dennis Green (Minnesota) and Mike Shanahan (Denver).

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