Former Patriots wideout David Patten needed a few more classes to finish his degree at Western Carolina.
So the Catamounts went ahead and gave him a job.
The school announced they hired the 12-year NFL veteran for a job on their coaching staff, with head coach Mark Speir citing the history and traditions of the program.
“We’re very excited that David Patten is joining our football coaching staff for the 2013 season,” Speir said. “David will bring a lot of energy, knowledge and passion to our program. Having someone like David with 12 years of NFL experience and three Super Bowl rings around our players and coaches will be a tremendous asset and boost to our program.
“He knows what it takes to compete at a high level and it’s awesome to be able to have a guy on staff that came through our program at Western Carolina and excelled on the highest stage.”
Since he brought it up, and in the interest of full disclosure, a certain PFT writer (thumbs, this guy) went to a school familiar with that tradition, having graduated from in-state rival Appalachian State. And since Appalachian has won 26 of the last 28 meetings with Western Carolina, upholding the Catamount tradition is important.
To Appalachian fans, mostly.
On a serious note, bringing back respected players such as Patten can only add legitimacy to the program, and gives Patten a chance to begin his coaching career in a comfortable setting. We wish him the best of luck.