ESPN’s Paul Finebaum: ‘Gary Patterson doesn’t get enough credit as one of best coaches’

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Gary Patterson has become an icon in Fort Worth for all he has accomplished at TCU since being named head coach in 2000. One ESPN analyst still thinks Patterson isn’t getting the respect he deserves.

ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said during a segment on Thursday that Patterson “does not get enough credit as being one of the best coaches in this game.”

TCU has gone from unranked to No. 6 in the AP Top 25 rankings through five games this season. It’s not the first time that Patterson has overseen a TCU team go from bottom to top, but the list of the TCU head coach’s feats extend far beyond thriving as a preseason underdog.

Coach P to the rescue

Patterson’s impact as head coach at TCU was felt near-immediately when he was promoted to the position in December 2000.

TCU won four games or less on four different occasions in the 1990s. At the time of former head coach Dennis Franchione’s departure from Fort Worth, the Horned Frogs had posted one 10-win season since the team’s national title run in 1938: The 2000 season.

Since then, Patterson has led TCU to the double-digit mark in wins 10 times — reaching the 10-win mark as quickly as 2002. This season, the Horned Frogs are already halfway to recording a 11th 10-win season under Patterson.

Not only has TCU established a culture of winning under Patterson, but the first two losing seasons for him in Fort Worth were followed by two of the 10-win seasons under his belt. And history could very well be on its way to repeating itself once again this fall.

But above all else, Patterson has taken a team that was once struggling to find its identity — bouncing back and forth between lower-tier conferences — up to the ranks of the Big 12 Conference with a winning season right out of the gate.

It only took two more years for the Horned Frogs to record their first Big 12 title — likely one win short of a bid to the inaugural College Football Playoff.

From establishing himself as a defensive “savant” — in the words of ESPN’s David Pollack – to overseeing some incredible playmakers on offense, Patterson truly has done something that logic says shouldn’t happen: take a historical college football doormat immediately up to the ranks of the nation’s finest blue-bloods.

With the Week 6 win over West Virginia, TCU is still a perfect 18-0 at home when ranked in the top 10 under Patterson.

Time will tell how much longer Coach P will be on the sidelines at Amon G. Carter Stadium, but when it’s all said and done, he’s all but certain to go down as one of the greats.

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