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Former TCU Coach Gary Patterson Hired by Texas: Report

Gary Patterson and the TCU Horned Frogs

The Texas Longhorns have added former TCU head coach Gary Patterson to the football staff, according to a new report from Horns247.

This report comes just hours after Gary Patterson was seen at the Longhorns men’s basketball game vs. Kansas State in a suite with athletic director Chris Del Conte and wearing Texas gear.

Horns247 reports that Patterson was on campus getting his ID and key card.

This news comes less than two weeks after reports surfaced that Patterson had met with Texas about potentially joining the staff.


As has been previously reported, Patterson is not at Texas to replace current defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski. Instead, it’s more likely he is joining the defensive staff in an administrative role.  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.

Just last week, a job opening for the role of special assistant to the head coach appeared on the Texas employment boards, which was believed to be a tailor-made position for Patterson himself.

Most recently as a head coach, 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.

This move also reunites Patterson with his former boss, Texas AD Chris Del Conte, who was the athletic director at TCU before his move to the 40 Acres.


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