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Gary Patterson has honest admission about TCU’s run

Gary Patterson on the sideline

Oct 2, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson before the game against the Texas Longhorns at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A year and a half ago, Gary Patterson was still the head coach at TCU, a role he had held since 2000. Now, he is watching his former team make an unlikely run to the national championship under his replacement.

TCU parted ways with Patterson after the Horned Frogs got off to a 3-6 start in 2021. His replacement, Sonny Dykes, has gone 13-1 in his first season and will play Georgia on Monday for the championship.

Patterson, now an assistant coach at Texas, has watched from afar as Dykes built a championship contender out of a team filled with many players and staffers he brought to Fort Worth. He admitted it was a bittersweet feeling, but he is unreservedly rooting for TCU and will attend the championship game.

“You put 24 years of your life into a place, you wouldn’t want something like that to fail,” Patterson told Ross Dellenger of SI. “If you’re sitting in my shoes, yes, it is probably bittersweet. But at the end of the day, it’s good to see them get where they need to.

“This Monday is for all those guys, for all the people who have been part of this whole journey for 25 years. Because of those times, we are here. This is for the state of Texas, TCU, Fort Worth and for getting left out [of the CFP] in 2014.”

Patterson had a similar message for his former team before the Big 12 Championship as well. One can hardly blame him for having mixed feelings, but he is being impressively magnanimous as he roots on his former employer.

Gary Patterson sends message to TCU ahead of Big 12 Championship

Gary Patterson on the sideline

Oct 2, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson before the game against the Texas Longhorns at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Patterson may have left the TCU Horned Frogs a year ago, but his heart was clearly with them on Saturday.

Patterson sent a message of support to TCU on Saturday ahead of the Big 12 Championship, where the Horned Frogs were facing Kansas State with a likely College Football Playoff berth on the line. Patterson wished the Frogs good luck, and even encouraged them to make up for “being left out in 2014.”

Patterson’s 2014 reference is to the 12-1 TCU team that year. They won the Big 12 but were left out of the inaugural playoff, partly because the Big 12 did not have a championship game at the time. TCU actually had sat at No. 3 in the second-to-last set of playoff rankings, but were leapfrogged by eventual champion Ohio State after the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship.

TCU had its reasons for moving on from Patterson, and their 12-0 campaign has silenced pretty much all of the doubters. Their former coach is now an assistant at Texas, but at least for one day, he’s rooting for his old school.

Gary Patterson addresses Nebraska rumor

Gary Patterson on the sideline

Oct 2, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson before the game against the Texas Longhorns at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A number of high-profile candidates have been linked to the Nebraska head coaching job since Scott Frost was fired earlier this season. Gary Patterson is one name to watch, but he insists he is not focused on anything other than his current responsibilities.

Patterson joined Texas this season as a special assistant to head coach Steve Sarkisian. He has been mentioned as a potential target for Nebraska, but he took to Twitter on Tuesday night to address those rumors. Patterson said he is “committed to Sark and this staff to finish the journey!”

“For all that care one way or another I am committed to Sark and this staff to finish the journey! So please don’t believe any reports otherwise! #Wenotme,” Patterson wrote.

The 62-year-old Patterson was the head coach at TCU from 2000-2021. He was named AP Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2014. He had an overall record of 181-79 and led the Horned Frogs to 10 bowl wins, including a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin in 2010.

If Patterson wants a head coaching job, there should be plenty of interest in him. His current position is one that would allow him to take another job before the end of the season, but it does not sound like he is planning to do that.

Report: Nebraska strongly considering 2 former Big 12 coaches

Scott Frost in a Nebraska polo and hat.

Sep 7, 2019; Boulder, CO, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska is still searching for a new head coach, and they reportedly are closely looking into a pair of former Big 12 coaches.

Football Scoop’s John Brice reported on Thursday about the Cornhuskers’ search. He says that the school has vetted multiple current and former head coaches. The report mentions former TCU coach Gary Patterson and former Baylor coach Matt Rhule as candidates for the job. Army coach Jeff Monken is also reportedly being considered.

The report says Nebraska also wants to encourage a new head coach to retain interim head coach Mickey Joseph.

Patterson, 62, was the head coach at TCU from 2000-2021. The two-time former AP Coach of the Year is currently a special assistant to Texas coach Steve Sarkisian.

Rhule, 47, was fired this season as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. He previously coached Temple and Baylor. Rhule helped turn Baylor around after the Art Briles scandal and went 11-3 in his final season there before going to Carolina.

Monken, 55, has been the head coach at Army since 2014. He has gone 61-47 and is the program’s most successful head coach since Jim Young in the 1980s.

Nebraska is 3-5 and looking at its sixth straight losing season. The Huskers fired Scott Frost after he began the year 1-2.

Gary Patterson is strong candidate for staff role at 1 major program

Gary Patterson watching warmups

Former TCU coach Gary Patterson is poised to return to college football at a very prominent program.

Patterson met Friday with Texas coach Steve Sarkisian about a possible role with the Longhorns, according to multiple reports. Jason Suchomel of Orangebloods reported that Patterson was a “strong candidate” to join the staff in some role.

Patterson was in his 21st season coaching TCU when he abruptly left last season under some curious circumstances. Joining Texas would allow him to remain close to his roots while simultaneously getting back into college football. The 61-year-old is also known as a great defensive mind, which could be a very good complement to Sarkisian’s reputation as a good offensive coach.

The only real issue here is whether Texans fans might have some lingering distaste toward Patterson from when the two programs clashed in Big 12 play. In all likelihood, they’ll get over it.

Photo: Oct 2, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson before the game against the Texas Longhorns at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Reason TCU fired Gary Patterson revealed?

Gary Patterson at a press conference

TCU on Sunday surprisingly parted ways with Gary Patterson as head coach even though he had been extremely successful at the school. Though the Horned Frogs were 3-5 this season, Patterson’s firing was surprising; few saw it coming.

Maybe TCU was concerned with the trajectory of the football program the last four seasons. Since going 11-3 in 2017, the team has gone: 7-6, 5-7, 6-5 and now 3-5. Perhaps TCU had its eyes on a replacement and their need to pursue him triggered the midseason move. At least that’s what we think.

See, another Texas school recently fired their head coach: Texas Tech. The Red Raiders fired Matt Wells a week ago and are looking for a new coach.

Sonny Dykes, who has SMU 7-1 this season, was believed to be a top target for Texas Tech. But guess what? TCU reportedly has Dykes as their No. 1 target.

Our guess is that TCU pushed aside Patterson so they could slip in and hire Dykes before Texas Tech got him. Others feel the same.

In the past, Dykes raved about the TCU job, indicating that might be something he wants.

The Star-Telegram reported last week that SMU officials expected Dykes to leave for another job after the season. With the way things are going, Dykes may have another job within weeks. And Texas Tech might have to consider alternatives.

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Gary Patterson steps down as TCU head coach

Gary Patterson, one of the longest-tenured coaches in college football, is stepping aside at TCU.

Patterson and TCU have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately. Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported that TCU had wanted Patterson to stay on for the rest of the season, but he refused. TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati confirmed this in a statement, adding that Patterson would assist the team as they transition under interim coach Jerry Kill.

Patterson has been a mainstay at TCU. The Horned Frogs were just entering Conference USA when he became head coach in 2000, and it’s safe to say they would not have risen to the Big 12 without his guidance. He departs with a 181-79 record as TCU coach, including a 13-0 season in 2010 that ended with a Rose Bowl victory. TCU’s fortunes had declined in recent seasons, and the team is just 3-5 so far in 2021.

The 61-year-old has been the subject of retirement rumors for some time, though he’s had a great way of refuting them in years past. This time, it sounds like Patterson is ready to step aside, though it remains to be seen if this is a break or a permanent retirement.

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TCU coach Gary Patterson apologizes for using racial slur in conversation

Multiple TCU football players decided to skip practice on Monday after head coach Gary Patterson was accused of using a racial slur, and Patterson has since issued an apology.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Dylan Jordan took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to share an exchange he had with Patterson in which the coach allegedly used the N-word. Jordan said the conversation began when Patterson called him out in front of the team for posting a photo of his girlfriend on social media for “National Girlfriend Day.” When Jordan told Patterson he could have asked him about the post privately, the linebacker says Patterson called him a “f—ing brat.” Jordan says he then asked Patterson what he did to make the coach think that, and Patterson replied “you’ve been saying n—-s in the locker room.”

Many misinterpreted Jordan’s account to mean Patterson called a player the N-word, though Jordan did not say that’s what happened. Jordan and other TCU players confirmed that Patterson did not direct the racial slur at anyone, and Jordan followed up by tweeting that using the word is “not acceptable” in any context. Patterson issued an apology on Tuesday morning and agreed.

Patterson is not the first college coach from a major program to be called out by a player this offseason and later apologize. Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard threatened to sit out the season last month after head coach Mike Gundy wore a T-shirt that said OAN on it. Gundy spoke with Hubbard the day of the tweet, and the two later united for a video. Gundy also issued an apology for wearing the shirt.

Patterson, 60, is entering his 21st season as the head coach at TCU. He has a record of 172-70 with the program and has led the Horned Frogs to 11 bowl wins.

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Louisiana Tech, TCU coaches downplay air conditioning issue at Texas

Texas Longhorns football

Texas has been accused of not providing its first two opponents of the season with air conditioning in the visiting locker room, but Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz does not seem to think it was a major issue for his team in Week 1.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron confirmed on Monday that his Tigers had no AC in the locker room at Texas Memorial Stadium during their big win on Saturday night, but he said they were prepared because Louisiana Tech alerted them of the issue ahead of time. Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz said Tuesday that if the Tigers were given word, it wasn’t from him.

Texas beat Louisiana Tech 45-14 whereas LSU defeated the Longhorns, so it’s easier for Orgeron to talk about the AC problem without sounding like he was making excuses. For what it’s worth, Texas released a statement this week saying they did not receive any complaints and feel they provide visiting teams with a great experience.

TCU coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday that his team has never experienced any issues when traveling to face their in-state rival.

The temperature for the LSU-Texas game was around 100 degrees, and many Tigers players went down with cramps. The Longhorns seem to think at least one LSU player was faking it, so this has turned into one big game of he-said, she-said.

Gary Patterson responds to negative recruiting from opponents

Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson sent a tweet on Sunday to hit back at negative recruiting from opponents.

The TCU Horned Frogs head coach thanked the program’s fans who supported the team for their 16-9 road win at Baylor a day earlier. More importantly, he ensured recruits that he is not retiring after the season.

TCU is 5-6 and faces Oklahoma State on Saturday in their final regular season game.

Patterson, 58, has been TCU’s head coach since 2001 and built the program into a power. His teams have had eight top-15 finishes and have gone 10-6 in bowl games. Since joining the Big 12 2012, the Horned Frogs have had four double-digit win seasons, but also four middling seasons. They’re in danger of finishing below .500 for the third time since 2012.

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