Thursday, January 8, 2009

New contract for Coach Patterson

TCU athletics director Danny Morrison has announced that head football coach Gary Patterson has agreed to a new contract that runs through the 2014 season. As a private institution, TCU does not release financial figures.

Patterson has won at least 10 games in five of his eight seasons, includingfour 11-win campaigns in the last six years. No other coach in TCU historyhas more than two 10-win seasons.

Patterson led TCU to an 11-2 record in 2008 with the Frogs in position to finish in the top 10 for the second time in the last four years. Included in this season's win total were victories over then-undefeated, top-10 teams BYU and Boise State.

"Gary's outstanding record speaks for itself, and we want him to be in FortWorth and at TCU for a long time," Morrison said. "The fact that hiscontract extensions over the years have been agreed upon with regularityillustrate the momentum in the program and his commitment to this universityand community."

The Frogs' 17-16 win over No. 9 Boise State in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl marked Patterson's 100th game as TCU's head coach. He is 73-27, leaving himone win shy of tying Abe Martin (74, 1953-66) for second place on the Frogs' all-time victory list. Patterson's .730 winning percentage is second among TCU coaches with morethan 20 games under their belt and 11th among active coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

"I am very appreciative of Chancellor (Victor) Boschini, Dr. Morrison andthe TCU administration for providing the resources and support to have afootball program that makes TCU proud," Patterson said. "My family and Ihave found a home at TCU and in the Fort Worth community."

Since his arrival on campus as defensive coordinator in 1998, Patterson has led the Frogs to 10 bowl games in 11 seasons. TCU has won four straight bowl games for the first time in its history. The Frogs are one of just seven teams nationally to have a current bowl winning streak of at least four in arow. TCU is 11-3 in its last 14 games against teams from leagues with automatic BCS bids, including a 5-2 mark versus the Big 12 the past four seasons.

The Frogs were 11th in the final BCS standings in 2008. TCU has appeared in the BCS standings 28 times, trailing only Boise State (34) for the most among schools from a non-automatic qualifying conference.

In eight seasons as a head coach, Patterson has produced 93 All-Conference selections, six All-Americans, 10 Freshman All-Americans and one Academic All-American. He has had 16 players drafted with a total of 36 in NFL camps. TCU led the nation in total defense (217.8 yards per game) in 2008 for thethird time in nine seasons. No other school in the country has finished first in that category as many times as TCU in that span. The Frogs were also first in run defense (47.1 yards), fewest first downs allowed per game(12.1) and time of possession (35:10). TCU was second in scoring defense(11.3 points per game).

- Rick

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