Put me in the camp of people that believe Cumbie gets another year in Fort Worth, but expect some reorganization or an addition or two.
Asked about when he’d start evaluating for next season, Patterson said: “Already did. Started in August. Can’t be good at what you do and decide Dec. 1 to go evaluate.”
So what’s his evaluation of Cumbie to this point?
“I’m not doing that,” Patterson said. “This’ll be done in a minute if you keep asking about that. I’m not into selling newspapers. That’s your job.”
A timeline is not known for Patterson to make these staff decisions. It’s expected to be sooner than later with the NCAA’s early signing period starting Dec. 18 through Dec. 20. Most programs want to have their staffs in place for recruiting purposes by then.
I am going to talk more about these quotes and a few others in an article that should go up tomorrow.
Patterson was upset that his seniors did not have a chance to go play in a bowl game; even though not playing in a bowl game isn’t exactly bad.
“A lot fought through last year. That’s more than anything why I wanted to get them back to a bowl this year,” Patterson said. “They fought through last year and all the injuries and this year they had to deal with freshmen.
“We’ve got a team meeting at 3 o’clock. School goes longer this year to the 15th or 18th this year with finals. That was going to be a problem playing a bowl game because it was going to be hard for us to practice and get enough practices in. We would have been recruiting up to that point. I don’t know why it’s like that. It hasn’t been like that in a long time. By the time we could have started practicing it would have been finals and you can’t practice. Maybe the football Gods said you’re not going to have to put up with that.”
I guess everyone is talking about this.
Patterson will have full say in whatever direction he feels the program needs to take this offseason. TCU is coming off a disappointing 5-7 season in which it failed to reach bowl eligibility for just the third time in Patterson’s 19 seasons.
“As the head coach, he’s ultimately responsible for directing the adjustments he sees as necessary to continue to move our football program forward,” Donati said Saturday. “My role in the process is to collaborate and provide support where necessary.”
There were bright spots, but it’s a terribly disappointing loss none the less.
Horned Frogs freshman quarterback Max Duggan was 15-of-36 passing for 144 yards with two interceptions as both teams had fewer than 300 total yards on a cool, damp day. TCU had 297 yards, and West Virginia 244.
TCU went ahead 17-10 when Jalen Reagor had a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the third quarter.
Reagor initially took a step back and around to avoid a defender after fielding the ball, then charged forward and quickly past other defenders and the punter. It was an easy sprint to the end zone for his second punt return TD this season for the junior receiver, who could have played his last home game if he decides to bypass his senior season for early entry in the NFL draft.
ICYMI, Bane was great in leading the Frogs past an old foe.
The Horned Frogs would hit their sixth three of the game to take a 26-11 advantage on the Pokes with under seven minutes remaining in the first frame. The Pokes offense would go cold from there being held scoreless, as the Horned Frogs would take at 30-14 lead into the half.
Hendricks warmed up to open the second half with a pair of three pointers to make it a 34-20 contest with 18 minutes left. TCU would go on a 6-0 run making three-straight baskets to build a 40-20 advantage with 15:59 left.