Gary Patterson eases concerns about him leaving TCU for another coaching job

Gary Patterson addressed his future at TCU on Tuesday now that the annual coaching carousel has begun to spin.

Fans and media have mentioned Patterson in connection with lots of coaching positions over his years at TCU. Now, with the Horned Frogs undefeated and ranked No. 4 in the country, that chatter has begun again. Potential openings at Tennessee, Nebraska and Arkansas will inevitably cause people to speculate about whether Patterson would leave TCU.

“We’ve been listening to that for 15 years,” Patterson said at his weekly press conference.

Patterson said he has never publicly dismissed the idea of taking another job, but he also compared his relationship with TCU to a marriage.

“When you’re married – the best way to handle marriage is to act like you’re still dating every day,” he said. “If you take it for granted on either side then it turns out wrong. When it comes to coaching, I’ve never said never, because I’ve never liked the guys who said, ‘This is my home, this is my last job,’ and they left. But look at my actions.”

Patterson is in his 17th season as the head coach at TCU. In that time, his name has been connected to positions at  Texas, Kansas State, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M. He’s remained in Fort Worth every time. Those actions speak pretty clearly.

The TCU coach is on record saying there are five schools for which he would consider leaving, but he’s never named those programs. And at 57, he may be too old to get hired by an athletic director who is looking for someone to run a program for 10-20 years.

What about taking a job in the NFL?

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Patterson said. “I like the camaraderie of what the college game gives you and all the fans and the kids. Wins and losses keep your job but really I think the thing that me and Kelsey really like is the chance to grow up young people and watch them go on and be successful as much as you can.”

As Patterson says, never say never. But all the evidence points to the winningest coach in TCU history finishing his career as a Frog.

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