This is a really interesting Q&A with both Patterson and Kirby Smart, who take a look at up-tempo offenses and how they impact college football in general. GP waxes poetic on his first Liberty Bowl, defensive goals, the play-off bracket size, and his time at TCU.
“We’ve been through the ups and downs. Next year will be my 35th year in college football, 20th year at TCU. You’ve got to learn how to outlast your competition. Changing leagues like we have, you gotta change your roadmap on how you recruit, how you play because of the teams in your league, and not to ever become invisible. Even when you have success, you have to keep changing your program. We built a new stadium, almost $225 million. Paid it off in three years. Every year’s different.
“As I’ve matured, I try to not let the lows be as low and the highs be as high. As I tell people, everybody says the grass is greener on the other side of the street, well, how about just spending more time watering your own grass so you can make it greener.”
The defense improved dramatically from start to finish, and the maturation of some young guys should give hope to Frog fans looking ahead to 2017.
What went right: Gary Patterson's squad did play stout defense during Big 12 play, ranking No. 1 in the conference in yards per play and yards per attempt. That unit did not disappoint and finished with six defenders who earned first- or second-team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches. Kyle Hicks quietly became one of the conference's most complete running backs and was steady throughout. The Frogs pulled off impressive victories over rivals Baylor (62-22) and Texas (31-9), too.
TCU makes this list three times. Two of them are losses. The other is Kansas. Sigh.
The past few years since TCU joined the Big 12, the Horned Frogs have gotten into some unexpected struggles whenever they have played lowly Kansas. That was the case once again in 2016 as the Jayhawks led 23-14 at home in the fourth quarter and appeared to be on the doorstep of their first conference win in ages. TCU came storming back though with two late scoring drives, including one where QB Kenny Hill picked up his own fumble and ran 34 yards to set up a touchdown pass two plays later. KU unfortunately missed two field goal attempts in the final frame that could have won the game, but instead it was TCU’s Brandon Hatfield doing honors on a 34-yarder with less than 90 seconds remaining.
The Frogs OOC scheduling has been outstanding under Chris Del Conte - not just in quality of opponents, but locale. Chapel Hill joins Colorado and the Bay Area (twice) as future destinations for the team - and fans.
TCU has played UNC just three times in history, and the Frogs are 0-3 in those matchups. The two schools most recently played in 1997, with the Tar Heels winning 31-10 in Fort Worth.
The first game will be in Chapel Hill on September 13, 2025. The Frogs and Heels will meet the next year in Fort Worth on September 12, 2026.
Breylin Mitchell, who left the team in October, has run afoul of the law. When Gary Patterson announced he was no longer with the program, it was said to be ‘for personal reasons’. The Frogs were playing Texas in Austin on the day of the alleged incident.
A former TCU football player was charged with robbery causing bodily injuries after taking cash from the register and punching two people at a convenience store in Round Rock last month, according to news reports from Austin television station KXAN and the Austin American-Statesman.
Breylin Mitchell is accused of hitting a store clerk and a customer and taking cash from the store in the Nov. 25 incident.