Lincoln Riley weighed in on Gary Patterson’s departure at TCU on Tuesday, ending his near two-minute comment with the words, “That ain’t right.”
“You have Gary Patterson not finishing a season at the place he build, man, that ain’t right,” Riley said to the Oklahoma’s Berry Tramel.
Patterson and TCU parted ways on Sunday after the Horned Frogs fell to Kansas State, 31-12. TCU had lost three straight, and five of their last six. TCU was 21-20 since the 2018 season.
But, Patterson remade the Horned Frog football program during his 20-plus seasons in Fort Worth. He went 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.
Patterson was also the second longest-tenured head coach in college football.
Riley said that Patterson was “undoubtedly the greatest coach in the history of his school.”
Riley also described what he considers a disturbing trend of coaches being let go before November. Patterson was the seventh head-coaching move before the end of October, including the change at Texas Tech with Matt Wells fired two weeks ago.
“It’s not good for our game and it’s not good for our league,” Riley said. “We have to find a better solution than this, because I’m afraid it’s gonna become the trend. … If you’re asking me a reason why, it’s because everybody’s scared they’re gonna miss out on who they want to hire.”
Riley’s job security isn’t in question. His Sooners are 9-0 and are No. 8 in the first College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings.
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