Gary Patterson is no stranger to winning awards, and today he takes home his latest honor - Big 12 Coach of the Year. Patterson, who is TCU's all time winningest coach, captained one of the biggest turnarounds in college football, taking a 4-8 team from 2013 to an 11 win season and the cusp of the first ever College Football Playoff (ugggggghhhhhh). The Frogs are co-champions in just their third year in the conference, boast the offensive and defensive player of the year, have one of the most explosive offenses in the nation, and still play excellent defense, among the leaders in turnover margin once again.
Patterson has now won or shared eight conference titles in four different leagues to go along with his 131-45 record in 14 seasons in Fort Worth. Patterson will lead his #6 Horned Frogs against the #9 Ole Miss Rebels in the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve.
Patterson garnered 17 of the 20 media votes, with three going to the coach of Baylor University. He is a finalist for several national coaching honors, including the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, which he won in 2009.