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‘He’ll Be Coaching’: Jerry Kill on Gary Patterson’s Future

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TCU interim head coach Jerry Kill has no doubt what his former boss, Gary Patterson will be doing in the future — he’ll be coaching and Kill said so on Tuesday.

“There’s no question he’ll be coaching,” Kill said during his first press conference after Patterson’s departure on Sunday. “Come on, y’all know him.”

TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati tapped Kill, the former Minnesota head coach, to guide the Horned Frogs the rest of the season. Kill is also uniquely equipped to talk to reporters about Patterson. The pair have known each other for decades. Both Kill and Patterson played for and coached under Dennis Franchione, and Kill was the best man in Patterson’s wedding.


Kill has a 152-99 record as a head coach, with stints as Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Emporia State and Saginaw Valley State. While he is considered an offensive-minded coach, and that’s what Donati says he is looking for, Kill left the head-coaching chair in 2015 due to health issues related to epilepsy.

Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Patterson actually showed up at TCU on Monday to help his former staff work on the game plan for Saturday’s game with Baylor, an odd move if your next step is to leave the game completely. Donati told reporters that Patterson “wants to be helpful with the transition. … He loves TCU.”

Several coaches have weighed in on Patterson’s departure, including Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, who ended his comments with “that ain’t right.”

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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