Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that the TCU Horned Frogs have extended the contract of their football coach, Gary Patterson, through the 2022 season.
Patterson has been the team’s head coach since being named as an interim at the end of the 2000 season — when LaDainian Tomlinson was still with the school — after he had worked as the school’s defensive coordinator since 1998.
The now very respected head coach’s record currently sits at 143-47, and the Horned Frogs have only undergone two losing seasons during his tenure: 2004 (5-6) and 2013 (4-8). He has been, simply put, incredibly great for the growth and consistency of the program.
TCU has maintained these excellent records while moving up to more and more competitive conferences. A member of the Western Athletic Conference when Patterson was a defensive coordinator, the team moved to Conference USA starting in 2001 season, then to the Mountain West Conference starting in the 2005 season, and then to their current home in the Big 12 starting in the 2012 season.
In our preseason rankings, Joey Johnston predicted that this year’s TCU team would be the 18th-best in the nation:
The defense is experienced and will be a major strength. Of course, TCU will miss [QB Trevone[ Boykin (and [WR Josh] Doctson, for that matter). But if [QB Kenny] Hill thrives as the expected starter, the skill positions mature and the offensive line comes together, the Horned Frogs could again strike fear in opposing defenses. Maybe it’s not a national championship-level team, but it’s surely a squad that can reach double-digit victories.
Some increased stability with TCU can now only help in the program’s continued growth.