Gary Patterson may not spend much time away from coaching.
According to Orangebloods.com‘s Jason Suchomel, the former TCU coach is reportedly taking a visit to Austin to meet with Steve Sarkisian and the Texas program.
As has been previously reported, Patterson would not head to Texas to replace current defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski. Instead, it’s more likely he would head to Austin in an administrative role on the defensive staff. Kwiatkowski just wrapped up his first season after coming from Washington where he held the same position. The defensive coordinator still has two years and $1.7 million left on a three-year deal that he signed last spring.
Patterson was also reportedly in discussions with multiple programs around the country for similar roles before his trip to Texas to meet with Steve Sarkisian and the Texas staff.
Patterson struggled in his last few seasons with TCU, which led to the two sides parting ways on Halloween. Since then, the Horned Frogs hired Sonny Dykes from SMU to be their next head coach.
Patterson is still considered one of the top defensive minds in college football and if he wants to coach, he will undoubtedly find himself a home as quickly as he wants. But keeping Gary Patterson in the Big 12 would be an interesting proposition.
His ties to Texas also include athletic director Chris Del Conte, who was the athletic director at TCU prior to his move to the 40 acres.