Former TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson is heading to the Texas Longhorns.
Texas has officially hired Gary Patterson, the former TCU Head Coach, to the staff. The rumors that have swirled since the end of the regular season have been confirmed. Patterson’s role will be special assistant to the head coach. The former Boss Frog is a huge addition for Steve Sarkisian and company.
Defensive Woes for Texas
It is no exaggeration to say that the Texas Longhorns struggled mightily in year one under new defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski. Texas finished the 2021 season ranked 100th in total defense and 99th in the nation in scoring defense. However, even with offensive improvement in year two, the Longhorns will not win many games with such a putrid defense. In other words, if Coach PK is going to make it to year three, improvements have to be made.
The fact that Texas pursued, and landed Gary Patterson is a huge win for Coach Sarkisian. Coach Patterson is regarded as a brilliant defensive mind. By adding Patterson, Sark is showing that he will leave no stone un-turned in the pursuit of improvement. Additionally, Gary Patterson’s recruiting ties in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area will pay dividends for Texas.
Gary Patterson’s Resume
Gary Patterson’s resume as a head coach speaks for itself and will one day lead him to the College Football Hall of Fame. In his 21-year reign at TCU, Patterson won 6 conference titles (1 C-USA, 4 Mountain West, and 1 Big 12) and he piloted the Horned Frogs to 17 bowl games. Gary Patterson built the backbone of his TCU tenure on championship caliber defenses. At one point in 2011, TCU led the nation in total defense for three consecutive years.
This offseason could not be going much better for the Texas Longhorns. First, Steve Sarkisian and his staff have put together an amazing recruiting class. You can read more about it here and here. Secondly, the instability of Oklahoma has been another offseason victory for Texas. Lastly, the additions of Tashard Choice, Brennan Marion, and Gary Patterson have helped to upgrade the coaching staff. I know that Longhorn fans want ‘real’ victories, but the offseason victories of 2022 should help lead to more real wins in the near future.
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