CUTigers.com has learned Texas Christian head coach Gary Patterson interviewed for the Clemson head coaching position today, according to multiple sources in South Carolina and in Texas.
Patterson is the fifth confirmed interview that has taken place since Tommy Bowden resigned on Oct. 13.
Sources told CUTigers.com the interview took place in the Ft. Worth area, likely at the Ft. Worth Club, where the Davey O'Brien Award is annually presented honoring the nation's top quarterback.
Clemson has also interviewed Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, former Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin and Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.
Patterson is the first college head coach who has been confirmed to have interviewed for the position.
Clemson interim head coach Dabo Swinney is also believed to be a leading candidate for permanent position as well and is expected to formally interview either Sunday or Monday of next week.
Gary Patterson is the only coach in TCU history to record more than two 10-win seasons.
He has four in the last six years and is also the fastest Horned Frog coach to reach 50 victories. The Frogs have also won four conference titles with Patterson on staff in addition to posting five of the school's nine 10-win seasons.
He was also TCU's defensive coordinator from 1998-00.
Texas Christian currently has the No. 1 ranked defense in the nation, giving up just over 215 yards per game. The Horned Frogs are also No. 2 in scoring defense, giving up just over 10 points per contest as well.
TCU has finished the regular season 10-2 after beating Air Force 44-10 last Saturday. Its only two losses came against No. 2 Oklahoma (35-10) and No. 8 Utah (13-10).
Patterson was rumored to be the leading candidate to take over the head coaching job at Kansas State, his alma mater, after Ron Prince was fired earlier this month, but nothing ever materialized and the job was taken by former Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder.
Sources told CUTigers.com this week Kansas State was prepared to offer Patterson as much as $2 million per year and that the two sides were close to a deal, before Patterson walked away.
Sources at TCU have also told CUTigers.com Patterson would also be interested in Tennessee, although Tennessee appears to be more interested in several other candidates at the present time.
Patterson was also rumored to be on Terry Don Phillips' short list a year ago when former head coach Tommy Bowden appeared to be headed to Arkansas.
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