Patterson has enough to keep him busy with TCU, he doesn’t need to be worrying about other schools.
“I don’t worry as much about Texas as I worry about TCU,” Patterson said. “That’s (Tom Herman’s) deal. (Del Conte) and I, we talk about different things, but my job is to take care of TCU, not have an opinion about Texas or Texas Tech or A&M or anybody else that’s in the state.”
The priority for Patterson, as it is for several schools around the conference, is adapting to life with a new quarterback. Sophomore Shawn Robinson will take the starting mantle formerly held by Kenny Hill, who over the past two seasons threw for 6,360 yards and ran for another 934 with 55 total touchdowns.
Patterson’s not a fan of the new transfer rule, and he makes some good points. It shifts the balance of power too far in the player’s direction.
“Here’s what’s going to happen—players from other teams are going to start recruiting people and you can’t stop them from going wherever they’re going to go,” Patterson said. “Then it’s like what we’ve been trying to stop for a long time—it’s going to become the highest bidder. The people who are going to get hurt most by this is the non-Power Five schools.”
Robinson is ready, but is Patterson?
TCU head coach Gary Patterson insists he hasn’t named a starting quarterback yet. But bringing sophomore QB Shawn Robinson to Big 12 Media Days was a pretty big hint.
Patterson is familiar with the unknown.
Patterson has been in four conferences since joining the Horned Frogs as defensive coordinator in 1998. And that’s not counting the Big East, which TCU was preparing to join before the Big 12 came calling seven years ago after losing Texas A&M, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska.
Tejay Johnson would have been a stud in the NFL, but instead he chose a different path. Opting out of a football career, Johnson joined Teach For America, and that changed everything for him.
“I wasn’t thinking about coaching when I was in school but it definitely helped with my love for teaching,” he said. “I never really thought about being a teacher but joining the Teach For America program really opened my eyes to the profession. The longer I did it I fell in love with it. The whole coaching aspect … I didn’t know I was good at it until I started doing it.”