The characters may change, but the story rarely does. TCU head coach Gary Patterson had answers for all of them and did once again on Saturday when TCU defeated Texas in Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, 33-31.
Longevity is not something known by most Big 12 football coaches. Of the coaches who were active in 2012, the first year of the 10-team iteration of the Big 12, only two remain in Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and TCU’s Gary Patterson.
I’m not sure if there’s anything Gary Patterson likes more than beating Texas. The big Horned Frog has been coaching in Texas for a long time now, more than enough time to build up a competitive fire and scores of memories of slights and defeats on the field or recruiting trail. The TCU and Texas staffs have a real rivalry and the Frogs always circle this game on the calendar.
During his time as Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator, Mike Yurcich coached several of the most prolific offenses in Cowboys and Big 12 conference history. James Washington, Justice Hill, Mason Rudolph, Tyreek Hill, Blake Jarwin, and Tylan Wallace all were key to his success at various points in his six years in Stillwater.
This year's Big 12 Media Days is held at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility. After years of getting used to the comforts of the Omni in downtown Dallas, Frisco has been a pleasant surprise thus far. Day one of Big 12 Media Days is now in the books. It started big with the conference commissioner himself, Bob Bowlsby, giving a state of the conference
Perhaps the biggest ramification of a win against TCU on Firday would be Texas achieving bowl eligibility after a one year drought. The bowl games themeslves are largely worthless exhibitions, a sideshow to the real achievements represented by winning your conference or reaching the playoffs. However, they carry a lot of fun and perks for the players and some valuable extra practices for the coaches that could be very useful for a program with a lot of youth and a weak grasp of fundamentals.
What TCU has accomplished is impressive. In less than two decades the football program has transformed the university. After its Rose Bowl win in 2010, TCU had a 42% increase in enrollment applications. But things haven’t always been that way in Fort Worth.