Players, fans wish TCU coach Gary Patterson a happy 58th birthday

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TCU football coach Gary Patterson is celebrating his 58th birthday on Tuesday.

Plenty of fans and TCU players, past and present, have joined together in making it a special day for the man who has led the Horned Frogs for 17 full seasons on the gridiron.

Here’s a glimpse of the warm wishes that Patterson has received thus far on social media:

TCU wide receiver Jaelan Austin was among the players who gave Patterson a birthday shout-out …

As did former TCU running back Aaron Green …

At 58, Patterson is the second oldest and second longest tenured coach in the Big 12. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, 78, is set to return for his 27th season this fall.

So where does Patterson rank among some of his counterparts on a national level? We included the age of each coach who saw their team finish within the AP Top 10 during the 2017 season:

The 2017-18 AP Top 10, with coach ages

  1. Nick Saban (Alabama) — 66
  2. Kirby Smart (Georgia) — 42
  3. Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma) — 34
  4. Dabo Swinney (Clemson) — 48
  5. Urban Meyer (Ohio State) — 53
  6. Scott Frost (UCF) — 43
  7. Paul Chryst (Wisconsin) — 52
  8. James Franklin (Penn State) — 46
  9. Gary Patterson (TCU) — 58
  10. Gus Malzahn (Auburn) — 52

There you have it. As the case in the Big 12, Patterson is the second oldest coach to see his team finish in the AP Top 10 last season — trailing only six-time national champion Nick Saban.

Patterson signed a contract extension at TCU through 2024 in November. He’ll look to lead the Horned Frogs to their fourth 10-win campaign since joining the Big 12 when the team hits the playing field this fall.

 

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