The one who got away: Why Tennessee passed on Gary Patterson and what it means now | Th Athletic
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But a decade ago, he was interested in replacing another legend, Phil Fulmer. Tennessee made the first decision that set it on course for a decade of frustration, underachievement and a lack of clear direction.
“They thought I was too much of a football coach,” Patterson told The Athletic.
I thought about Jeremy Pruitt, the man who currently occupies Tennessee’s head football coach position. Later that day, I submitted Patterson’s quote to Dictionary.com to replace the current definition of irony.
“They didn’t think I could handle the spotlight,” Patterson said.
Phil Steele previews Big 12, worried about Texas | 247 Sports
The Red Raiders will be one to watch, along with a potentially resurgent TCU team.
Steele, who is picking the Sooners to repeat as Big 12 champions, believes TCU will be the surprise team of 2019 within the conference, bouncing back from last fall’s injury-plagued 7-6 finish. The Horned Frogs haven’t been ranked in most preseason polls behind Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State.
“The team I think is going to have the biggest jump, there’s two teams I’d circle — Texas Tech and (TCU),” Steele said. “Texas The was 5-7 last year and I could see them jumping up to a seven or eight-win season (under Matt Wells). But the one I’m going to circle is TCU. When I look at the Frogs, I mean you just have to go the end of last season … their whole team was banged up. They were down to one healthy running back available, fourth-string quarterback in the bowl game. The dense was decimated and yet somehow, someway, Gary Patterson got to a bowl game.
TCU offers JUCO TE Luke Stillwell | 247 Sports
Rumors are, this position is about to play a much bigger role in the offense. And this is a kid who could be eligible this fall.
“I visited TCU about a week-and-a-half ago and I like their program,” he told Munsterteiger. “The coaching staff there is great, the facilities are great, it is a great place. But it is really close to home. It is only about 25 minutes away. That is great on one hand, but at the same time, it is really close.”
As a qualifier out of high school, Stillwell could immediately enroll at the school of his choice. Stillwell told Munsterteiger that he could enroll at TCU on July 7th and Colorado the first day of fall camp. He also stated he does not plan to spend another semester at Kilgore.