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Gary Patterson Expected to be ‘Sounding Board’ for Texas Defense

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Former TCU head coach Gary Patterson joined Texas to be their new special assistant to the head coach.

What exactly does that position entail?


Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian spoke with reporters on the subject this week during National Signing Day.

“Gary is going to offer the advice and what he thinks we can (or) should do, whether it’s personnel, whether it’s scheme, whether it’s game plan,” Sarkisian said.

“Ultimately, we as a staff have to choose to say this is what we’re going to do or we’re going to go in this direction. And that’s okay. Gary’s a great sounding board for all of us. He provides a wealth of experience and knowledge.”

Patterson served as the head coach at TCU for 22 seasons before the two sides parted ways on October 31.

He finished as the winningest head coach in TCU history with an overall record of 181-79. The Horned Frogs won six total conference titles across three different leagues and won the 2010 Rose Bowl under Patterson.    

As a defensive-minded coach, Patterson will work closely with second year Longhorns defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.

There is room for improvement for the Texas defense as they ranked 100th in the FBS in total yards allowed during the Longhorns’ 5-7 season.

The Longhorns begin their 2022 season on September 3 when they host Louisiana-Monroe.

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