TCU fans got good news shortly after the Frogs thumped rival Baylor 45-22, when Gary Patterson walked into the media room and said he had signed a contract extension on Wednesday. He thanked TCU Athletic Director Chris Del Conte, Chancellor Victor Boschini, and TCU’s Board of Trustees for getting the deal done. The university confirmed the extension shortly thereafter.
In the latest tracking information from USA Today, Coach P currently makes a little over $5.1 million per season, making him the second highest paid head coach in the Big 12 (one spot behind Tom Herman at Texas), and the ninth highest paid head coach in college football (Nick Saban is atop the list, at about $11.1 million/season, Dabo Swinney is 2nd at a little over $8.5 million).
There’s no word on whether or not the extension comes with a pay bump, but one can assume that it does. The extension comes in a season where there were plenty of rumors about other schools having interest in Coach P, from Texas A&M to Tennessee. An extension sends a signal to those schools that Patterson is here to stay.
The extension also signals to recruits that the winningest coach in TCU history is going to be around for a while.
Now, TCU focuses on their Big 12 Championship rematch against Oklahoma, in Arlington next Saturday.