Found November 10, 2012 on
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CoachingSearch.com said yesterday that it had learned TCU head coach Gary Patterson has emerged as the top candidate for the Arkansas job. The Hogs could be just the opportunity that lures Patterson away from the Horned Frogs.
1. SEC School2. Lots of $$$$$$$3. Facilities4. Patterson won’t have to shift his recruiting focus.5. Rabid fan base
To go with point #2, Patterson makes close to $3 million per year at TCU on a contract that runs to 2018. Arkansas shouldn’t have any problem coming up with some major dollars.For one thing the Hogs didn’t have to pay off Bobby Petrino when they fired him with cause and John L. Smith is make chump change so athletic director Jeff Long doesn’t have financial liabilities to deal with.
[Online Sports Guys]
There are other reasons that Patterson may decide to make the jump to the SEC.
Patterson has brought the Horned Frogs from Conference USA through the Mountain West to the Big 12. He has won 11 games six times in seven years and had an undefeated Rose Bowl winning season. He won’t replicate that success in his new conference, fighting an uphill battle with Texas, Oklahoma and others with fewer resources every year. The program has also had off the field problems. There was a major drug scandal last offseason. Star quarterback Casey Pachall had to leave school midseason to go to rehab.
Patterson is 52. He might not get many more opportunities to leave. Perhaps a lucrative pay package, a fresh start and a chance to compete against the nation’s best teams at a school with new facilities and a large fan base might not be the worst thing?
[The Big Lead]
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Coachingsearch.com is citing sources that indicate
TCU head coach Gary Patterson has emerged as the front runner for the head
coaching position at Arkansas.
Patterson has become a fixture at TCU guiding the
Horned Frog football program onto the national stage first as a BCS buster then
forcing BCS conferences to extend invitations.
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