Patterson the Next HC at KSU?

Does a lengthy "no comment" speak volumes about Gary Patterson's future as the next Head football coach at Kansas State? In this article we proivde you enough material to fuel your own conclusion.... Read On.

While not accepting telephone calls since the dismissal of Ron Prince as coach of the Wildcats, the Texas Christian football coach was verbally cornered Tuesday during the weekly Mountain West Conference teleconference.

Patterson was first asked for his reaction to the first report on Nov. 7 that he had all but signed a contract with the Wildcats.

"I'm not commenting on any other job stuff right now. The biggest thing we have on our mind right now is Air Force. As I said on my radio (appearance), which I'm sure everybody in Kansas got a chance to hear, I was disappointed.

"I just had 65 guys fight their hearts out for a dream to get to a BCS game, and they lost it (Utah 13, TCU 10). The first thing they did when they woke up after getting home at about 4 in the morning was to find out the guy they fought for had taken another job," Patterson said.

"It was very disappointing to me that that happened because there were a lot of people that had put a lot of time and effort into this season. Most people that know me very well know that I would never do anything like that.

Obviously, we had a lot of fires to put out." As a follow-up, does that mean there's no way he would consider taking the K-State job next season?

"I didn't ever say anything like that because I haven't been talking about jobs or anything else," said the 48-year-old Patterson. "But I would say this to you: I have not been very ... I guess I've been disappointed in the media up in Kansas, because I feel like I've been one of their people, and I've felt like at least somebody would get a little bit of concrete evidence before everybody wrote and talked about it."

Patterson and the 9-2 Frogs complete their regular season on Saturday by hosting the 8-3 Air Force Academy.

TCU is projected to play in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 31 in Fort Worth, or the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 20.

The Patterson family's dream job was rumored to have been the University of Texas, but Tuesday the Longhorns announced that whenever Mack Brown resigns as head coach, current assistant Will Muschamp will be his replacement.

Patterson, a former KSU walk-on, graduated from K-State in 1983 and served on Jim Dickey's staff as a graduate assistant in 1982.

Both of Patterson's coordinators are former Wildcat coaches – Dick Bumpas (1981-82) on defense and Mike Schultz (graduate assistant at KSU) on offense.

Another name floating into the coaching mix Tuesday was David Bailiff, the second year coach at Rice. The Owls are 7-3 and tied for first in the West Division of Conference USA with Tulsa.

Kansas State, reportedly, is not returning calls to the agent of Dennis Franchione, who had openly expressed interest in the position.


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