TCU Horned Frogs head football coach Gary Patterson is one of the most highly-regarded coaches in the country, as he turned TCU into a great football program, taking them from the Conference USA to the MWC in 2005 and then the Big 12 in 2012. Patterson has been the Coach of the Year before, and he once led his team to a second overall finish by going 13-0 and winning the Rose Bowl. So yeah, he’s had an excellent career to this point, and there’s a chance he could end up adding to his legacy with one of college football’s most storied programs.
Chris Huston of College Football Talk and the Heisman Pundit tweeted late last night that a “well connected source” told him that TCU coach Gary Patterson “would love to coach” for the USC Trojans. However, Huston adds that USC hasn’t contacted Patterson, which is something the Trojans really have to do. Patterson is one of the best coaches in the country, and that’s a non-negotiable point. His record at TCU speaks for itself, and he has done a solid job of recruiting at TCU. More importantly, Patterson is one of the best coaches around at developing his talent, which is something USC really needs.
Ed Orgeron is as good of an interim coach as you’ll find, but the Trojans definitely need to make a great, long-term hire soon. They are one of college football’s greatest programs (maybe THE greatest, when you look at the kinds of players they have sent to the NFL- no program is better than USC at that), so Gary Patterson is somebody they need to show serious interest in if he is indeed highly interested in coaching at USC. If this is all true, then this is great news for USC fans, so long as USC actually gets in touch with the 53-year-old.
C’mon Pat Haden, this is your big chance to make things right again.