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Patton takes Northern Illinois head coaching job

Updated: March 19, 2007, 4:37 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Northern Illinois University has picked former Colorado coach Ricardo Patton to be the school's new men's basketball coach.

Patton finished an 11-year career with Colorado earlier this month. The Buffaloes lost to Texas Tech in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament. He announced he wouldn't coach beyond this season at the outset of the season.

Patton's prior success as a Division I coach helped set him apart from hundreds of coaches who were considered for the job, said ...

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