Gary Patterson, TCU, Agree to Part Ways

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Gary Patterson and TCU have mutually agreed to part ways, according to a report by Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The report comes after TCU lost to Kansas State, 31-12, on Saturday. The Horned Frogs have lost three straight games and five of their last six.

Per Davison, TCU assistant coach Jerry Kill will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. He will be the second interim coach in the Big 12. Sonny Cumbie is the interim head coach at Texas Tech in place of Matt Wells.


This will be the first head-coaching change since Patterson took over at TCU in December of 2000 when he coached in place of Dennis Franchione in the Mobile Bowl.

After the news broke, TCU released a statement from athletic director Jeremiah Donati:

“The story of Gary Patterson and the rise in the fortunes of the TCU football program over the last 20 years is clearly one of the most remarkable in the history of college football. We are grateful to Gary and Kelsey Patterson and appreciate everything they have meant to TCU and the Fort Worth community. Under his leadership, TCU has become a nationally recognized brand name in football and in collegiate athletics. Chancellor (Victor) Boschini and I met with Coach Patterson today and mutually agreed that the time has come for a new voice and leadership in our football program. We asked him to continue on as our head coach for the remainder of the season, and take on a different role in 2022, but he believed it was in the team’s and TCU’s best interests to begin the transition immediately. We respect Coach Patterson’s perspective and will move forward in that direction. I’ve asked Jerry Kill to serve as interim head coach, and he has accepted the role for the remainder of the season. Coach Patterson will assist TCU in the transition to take place.”

Patterson remade the Horned Frog football program during his 20 seasons in Fort Worth. He is 181-79, making him the winningest coach in TCU history. His team’s high-water mark came in 2010, in which the Horned Frogs went 13-0 and won the Rose Bowl.

Patterson’s stellar work with the football program, in large part, made the Horned Frogs a viable candidate to join the Big 12 when the conference lost membership a decade ago. TCU joined the Big 12 before the 2012 season, along with West Virginia.

After a rough start, Patterson led the Horned Frogs to three double-digit win seasons in four seasons from 2014-17. In 2014, the Horned Frogs won 12 games and shared the Big 12 title. They were left out of the College Football Playoff, but finished the season ranked No. 3 in both national polls.

Since 2017, the Horned Frogs are 21-20.

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