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TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:55 pm

Gary Patterson had not been contacted by Michigan for its opening as of Wednesday night according to a source close to the TCU coach.

Patterson, fresh off a 13-0 season and Rose Bowl win, is thought to be a candidate for the job left open after the firing of Rich Rodriguez by AD Dave Brandon. Brandon said earlier Wednesday he expects to move quickly to fill the vacancy but arguably the hottest coach in the country had not gotten a call 12 hours after Rodriguez had been let go.

Is it too early to speculate? Not with recruiting hanging in the balance. Brandon also said Wednesday that this weekend's recruiting visits would be shuffled as the coaching search takes priority. Patterson has not publicly expressed interest but it is assumed he would listen to Michigan if it called.

The debate rages whether Brandon should hire a so-called "Michigan Man" or the best coach available. Patterson, 50, fits the latter category. In 10 seasons, Patterson has won 98 games at TCU and is seen as the main reason why the school was invited to join the Big East beginning in 2012.

San Diego State's Brady Hoke and LSU's Les Miles -- two coaches with Michigan ties -- seem to be the leading candidates. If Brandon prefers to go off the reservation he could pursue Patterson, a defensive mastermind who has assembled the nation's No. 1 defense each of the last three seasons. Brandon said BCS conference experience would not be a required seemingly opening the door for Hoke and Patterson.

Brandon said earlier Wednesday that he has a "dynamic list" of candidates.


Category: NCAAF

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:46 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

You people who think RR inherited such a talented group of kids from Carr are delusional.  Considering what RR had to work with in his first year, Carr left the cabinets empty!  No one was "forced to leave" and the backups who stayed were not talented enough to start.  Mallett was homesick and didn't like Ann Arbor.  Carr leaving gave him the perfect out and he left.  He wasn't forced out by RR, although he was not the kind of QB to run the spread option, either, so it was a no-brainer to leave.
Justin Boren was lazy.  He didn't like the fact that RR wanted his linemen to run from the huddle to the line.  He thought RR made the lineman run too much in practice.  Boo hoo!  What has he done at OSU?  Nothing! 

NO ONE can revamp and rebuild a premier major college football program in 3 years.  RR was hired to change M's outdated football philosophy and he sacrificed a lot to take that opportunity only to be chop blocked in the end.  Why do you think he was given a 6-year contract and not a 3-year contract?  If Martin had offered a 3-year deal, who would have taken it?

Here's a good article for your further education:


Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:35 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

I think it's going to be Miles, whom I actually prefer over Harbaugh. You know, since he's done it for more than one year and has won a title and player for another. Miles rejected Michigan about 100 times the last time he was rumored for the job, which made sense his LSU team was playing for a title. Now he's just saying he has yet to hear from Michigan. That's a far cry from saying he's not interested. As a fan and alum, Miles is who I want to coach my beloved Wolverines. Now I just wait and see. Go Blue.

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:25 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

Why would we contact Patterson?  The guy is an outstanding coach and a winner. 

How many more successful coaches do we need to ruin with an impossible 3-year horizon?

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:13 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

Toledo is pretty close to Detroit geographically.  Just becuase the two fall on opposite sides of a state border does not mean they are not related; what about northern New Jersey and New York City?  Would you not say they are the same area?  Now I don't know about the region in question, but we don't erect walls at the state lines in this country.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:10 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

"no one could rebuild a program from the bottom up in three years"

This is the most overused and untrue line of b.s. out there now.

The program WAS NOT at the bottom, the cupboard was not bare!

CARR'S last 3 recruiting classes were ALL TOP 10.

The RR/CARR class at RR's hire was TOP 10.

RR showed Mallett the door, which directly resulted in Manningham and Arrington declaring for the pros.
RR showed ALL-BIG TEN Justin Boren the door, and a number of others.

RR next recruiting class was TOP 10.
His last recruiting class was the first in many years not to be Top 10, but was still rated TOP 25.


He's not alone in blame, Bill Martin hired him.  But RR tossed aside the talent he had (Mallet most significantly) that didn't fit, instead of modifying his system to take advantage of the talent 'in the cupboard'. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:05 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

Most baseball fans in Toledo are Tigers fans, not Indians or Reds fans.  I know Toledo is in Ohio, but there have always been strong ties between Toledo and the state of Michigan and city of Detroit, tool.

Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:59 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

Toledo is NOT part of Metro Detroit! It's in the State of Ohio. You obviously flunked geography. Get a map and look at it.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:59 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

BAMM!!!!You hit it right on the head my man.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:51 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

rich rod was to blame for that...he threw all his eggs in the basket for pryor...and never got him...he made mallet transfer,boren quit...mcguffie left..should i keep going?

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:19 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

Harbaugh was born in Toledo, which is really part of Metro Detroit, but he grew up in Ann Arbor, and went to Ann Arbor Pioneer for high school - you can't get much more Michigan than that.

But it's true that, because Ohio is a much bigger football state, especially on the high school level, Michigan has done a lot of recruiting in the state.  Lots of Ohio players and coaches have evolved by jumping across the northern border in search of greater enlightenment and a much, much better education.

Of course, plenty of Michigan guys have gone to Ohio to play too - Craig Krenzel comes to mind.  And of course, the biggest traitor in recent memory - Boren.

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