Patterson is the elder statesman of a conference with a lot of new coaching blood. They all seem to look up to him.
They are just as reverential in Stillwater. Jim Knowles was visiting with media for the first time as Oklahoma State defensive coordinator last summer, when he let slip that Patterson was one of his original inspirations.
“We brought Gary in prior to the 2000 season when I was at Western Michigan,” Knowles said. “We converted everything we did at Western Michigan to his 4-2-5 package. I learned it from him.”
Patterson is often imitated and rarely replicated. Nobody else in the Big 12 teaches defense like him. Nobody else, now that Snyder isn’t finding two- and three-star fits for his power run game, molds talent to suit his philosophy.
Now that Snyder is gone, Patterson stands alone in his conference. I expect he’ll hold up steady as ever.
This is a pretty cool convo - but why do people always bring up 2014 to poor Gary?
The topics got serious during a brief question-and-answer session with the crowd, particularly about the oft-controversial four-team College Football Playoff.
“I do,” Patterson said when asked if he thinks a change is needed to the playoff system. “I really felt like TCU probably got cheated out in ’14.”
On the final weekend in 2014, the inaugural year for the playoff, TCU was in position for one of the four spots. But with no Big 12 championship game, TCU dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 in favor of Ohio State, which was coming off a 59-point rout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game.
TCU Men’s Golf is working their way into being a top program behind Montigel.
“I feel really good about where we are,” Montigel said. “We played very well this semester. We had some good finishes against good competition. We really played well at conference. If we just keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll be fine.”
For Montigel and the golf team, the focus is on advancing this week. But it’s still somewhat surreal that Montigel has had the success he’s had over the last three decades.
The streak started when Montigel was a 34-year-old raising a young family. Now he’s 64 with two grown children and a bevy of former players, ranging from PGA Tour regulars such as J.J. Henry and Tom Hoge to those who’ve become successful businessmen like former standout Johan de Beer.
“For a coach to be there 30-plus years is pretty incredible,” Hoge said after an opening-round 64 at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Thursday.
“To have the success he’s had is quite remarkable.”
Eric Bell continues to do big things in Fort Worth.
“We are really excited to welcome this class to TCU,” said Bell. “We have spent a lot of time putting this class together and we believe the TCU fans are going to enjoy watching these young women at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium. We feel like this class addresses a lot of the needs for 2019. These young ladies come equipped with skill-sets that fit what we are trying to do from a soccer standpoint. We can’t wait to them to arrive this summer!”