Gary Patterson to join Texas staff: Longhorns reportedly hiring ex-TCU coach for off-field assistant role

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Legendary TCU coach Gary Patterson is set to join the Texas football staff in an off-field capacity, according to 247Sports’ Chip Brown. ESPN’s Chris Low also reports that Patterson’s title will be “special assistant to the head coach,” a job that was officially listed by UT athletics on Jan. 9. 

Patterson was spotted at a Texas men’s basketball game on Tuesday sporting a Longhorns shirt while sitting in a suite with athletic director Chris Del Conte, his former boss at TCU. However, he told the Austin American-Statesman’s Brian Davis that “nothing [is] official.” 

The role is described as an “assistant head coach with special projects” and features a special focus on scouting and scheme evaluation. Patterson is known as a defensive wizard and will likely be tasked with addressing a unit that ranked No. 100 in total defense and No. 99 in scoring defense in 2021. 

TCU had a similar setup over the past two seasons when Patterson hired longtime friend Jerry Kill to serve as special assistant to the head coach. Patterson described Kill’s role as a head coach of the offense. Kill was recently hired as head coach at New Mexico State following Patterson’s departure. 

Patterson is one of the great head coaches in modern college football history after leading the Horned Frogs to a 181-79 record in 22 seasons. TCU notched six conference championships under his tutelage and won at least 10 games in 11 different seasons with six AP top-10 finishes. He was known best for his…

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