The TCU football team laid a smackdown on in-state rival Baylor this week. And yet, that wasn’t what they were most thankful for on this holiday weekend. Amid a flurry of speculation, the Horned Frogs announced that their long-time coach Gary Patterson wouldn’t be bolting for a bigger program this offseason.
Patterson agreed to a contract extension with the Horned Frogs through the 2024 season.
Patterson has seen the highs and lows of coaching a program for nearly two decades. After taking over on an interim basis for Dennis Franchione who left to coach at Alabama, Patterson has been incredibly successful.
With the win against Baylor, Patterson now has 11 double-digit win seasons in 18 years as a head coach at TCU. He is the winningest coach in school history any way you slice it, and he appears to have no interest in coaching anywhere else for the foreseeable future.
TCU has shown a surprising commitment to Patterson over the years, allowing him to wade through losing seasons on several occasions throughout his tenure. But he’s shown an ability to bounce back throughout his career.
The Horned Frogs are hoping that he’ll bring a National Championship home during his next extension, which will see him push his tenure beyond two full decades.