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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: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:40 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

Some of you guys are right that a "Michigan Man" does not necessarily have to be from the state or have ties to the University.  Rich Rod could have been a "Michigan Man."  His first mistake was at his initial press conference when he was asked about Ohio State, and he said it was just another game.  Then he said he had a lot to learn about Michigan (tradition).  That was not smart.  He should have come in talking, we, us, etc.  He should have assumed the mantle of Michigan and acted like he spoke for Michigan.  He would have been accepted.  John Cooper, who was never accepted at Ohio State, made the same mistake.  He did not "get it" regarding the rivalry.  So, he tried to downplay the rivalry.  I do not believe his southern accent or non-OSU background ever had anything to do with his not being accepted at Ohio State.  It was simply the fact he did not appreciate and embrace the tradition.  Rich Rod tried to at the banquet this fall, but by then it was too late.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:35 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

LOL!  I love it!  :)

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 7:42 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

Most of the Michigan men are from Ohio.  Brady Hoke, Jim Harbaugh, Les Miles, and I think Gary Moeller is too.  I think at least  two Of their Heisman winners are from Ohio, and we all know that couldn't field a competitive team without Ohio players.  So much for Michigan men.  Those Michigan men are just Ohio traitors that crossed the border.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 7:07 am


Long-time Michigander (now living elsewhere) here.

It's interesting to see that, so far, the responses to this article are divided into the clued-in and ... clueless.  The clued-in seem to understand the inbreeding (and associated dysfunction) that seems endemic to SE Michigan.


* In a logically ordered universe, Brady Hoke (who, by the way, seems to be a great guy) is NOT in this conversation.  Would people be mentioning him for a high-level D1 job if his resume didn't include Michigan?  Don't think so ...

* I think the years after the BoMoCarr regime were destined to be a cluster@%#$.  There have been three already and there may be many more.  Why do I say that?  It's because too many people in the fan base got used to the 7/8/9 wins every year and, as a result, got deeply attached to BoMoCarr and the herd of assistants.  They failed to see that the ship was slowly sinking near the end of Lloyd's run.  (The '06 game and the finale clouded their thinking.  For some reason they can't remember Appy State and Oregon in '07.  I really believe they blame those on RichRod.)  Anyway, they have an attachment to the old regime that can't be logically explained.

Brandon could earn his money (and my admiration) if he sees through the fog and avoids Hoke (again, a fine man) and Miles (not so much, ha ... OVERSIGNING).

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

Michigan Man

Why do all the main stream media perpetuate this assumption that a "Michigan Man" has to have Michigan roots? Bo Schembechler, the ultimate Michigan Man, came from Ohio and apprenticed under Woody Hayes of all people. When he, as AD famously said "a Michigan man will coach Michigan, not an ASU man." He was referring to the dedication and loyalty to the program NOTHING MORE. It had nothing to do with whether the person had a Michigan pedigree or not.
I'm sick and tired of people with no true knowledge of the history or situation maintaining this complete misperception of what a Michigan Man is. 

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:14 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

ficoho- I agree 100%. Who would want this job after the way the fans and media have treated Rich Rod. They created a situation where the AD had no choice but to fire him after three years which is ludicrus in college. No one could rebuild a program from the bottom up in three years. And how soon we forget the team they trotted out there in Rich Rod's first year with Threat/Sheridan at QB. Oh well. I hope we get someone good.

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:50 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

Gary Patterson can recruit better players in his own backyard.  There's no way he'd go to Michigan.  TCU can afford to match anything Michigan can offer.  Furthermore, they are building a $150 million stadium and moving to a BCS conference in 2012.  He just won the Rose Bowl with TCU and there's zero chance he leaves right now.

Brady Hoke is their best bet and he's a very good coach.  Just look at how quickly he's turned San Diego State around.  He knows how to recruit and how to coach.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 12:37 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

Why on earth would he even interview for this job?  1/2 of Michigan's fan base went bat crap crazy that we brought in a non-Michigan Man with RR 3 years ago.  The Free Press went after him about the practice time and short of winning a National Championship there was little that he could do to win some people over.  If I'm Patterson or Petterson or anyone with a decent job and without any ties to UM I would avoid this job like the plague based on what happened to RR.  There were people calling for his job as soon as he got hired so why subject myself to to a fanatic base like that?  The zealots in my fan base have reduced the number of candidates that would feel comfortable taking this job to 3.  Harbaugh, Miles and Hoke.  The first 2 aren't interested so that leaves 1 left and he's not very sexy which means a good chunk of our offense will transfer and our recruiting class is going to shrink by the hour.  It's going to be a loooong 3 years.  Much longer than the last 3.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 12:36 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

What exactly has Hoke done, other than being a Michigan Man?   His best result of his coaching career is a 5 point loss to Patterson. 

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2011 12:19 am

TCU's Gary Patterson not contacted by Michigan

i think that both Hoke and Patterson would be a step in the right direction, but then again, i think i would be a step in the right direction.  Both coaches are defensive minded which is what Mich sorely needs, but Patterson seems to be a little more proven.  at least he has 10 years of winning football with a 10 win average. Rich Rod was 60-23 at WV in 7 years.  Hokes coaching career is spotty.  His great season with Ball St was becasue of a great QB.

Mich should do what Bama should have done years ago....cut the ties.  it has done wonders for us.  not to disrespect any great coach or university, but sometimes a school's gotta do what a school's gotta do.

if Patterson gets the call, he should definitely take it.

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