The NOA shouldn’t effect the Frogs going forward.
Asked his reaction to the NOAs on Thursday, Dixon said: “It has nothing to do with any of our players in the past or in the present. And it has nothing to do with any of our staff. It’s one former employee.
“It’s how you handle a situation. I think we handled a situation as best you could. That’s pretty much all I can say about it.”
Barker, who is now an assistant at New Mexico State, did not respond to a request for comment. Neither has New Mexico State athletic director Mario Moccia on the vetting process his university went through before hiring Barker.
Reagor is special, obviously, but Gladney might be the bigger loss.
For the past two seasons, TCU hasn’t had to worry about one cornerback position and one receiver position. Jeff Gladney and Jalen Reagor, respectively, had been the clear aces in their position groups. But Gladney graduated and Reagor declared early for the NFL draft. Their departures leave glaring holes in the TCU roster.
Kee’yon Stewart saw plenty of action at cornerback as a true freshman, as did Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson. But what if their experience doesn’t pay off? Excellent corner play is a requirement for success in the pass-happy Big 12, and TCU doesn’t have a clear replacement for Gladney.
Patterson, 59, is exiting his 19th full season as TCU’s head coach, making him the second-longest active tenured head coach in the FBS. One of the most respected defensive minds in college football, Patterson has accumulated a 172-70 overall record as head coach since taking the helm in Fort Worth in December 2000.
Gundy, 52, joins Patterson as one the longer active-tenured head coaches in college football, having served as Oklahoma State’s head coach since 2005 season. The Cowboys are 129-64 under his watch and have posted a winning overall record in all but one of the 15 seasons that he has been in charge in Stillwater.