Patterson The Next Auburn Coach?

According to ESPN.com and other various media reports, Coach Gary Patterson has interviewed with Auburn University. Multiple BigPurpleNation.com sources would neither confirm nor deny the reports yesterday. Autigers.com (Scout) has reported that Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs was in Texas on Thursday to meet with Patterson.

According to ESPN.com and other various media reports, Coach Gary Patterson has interviewed with Auburn University. Multiple BigPurpleNation.com sources would neither confirm nor deny the reports yesterday. Autigers.com (Scout) has reported that Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs was in Texas on Thursday to meet with Patterson.

This is not the first time this season it has been reported that Patterson was talking with other schools. After TCU's loss to Utah, GoPowerCats.com reported that Patterson had a deal in place and would become the next head coach at Kansas State. The reports turned out to be internet rumors and nothing more. Weeks later it was reported that Patterson was interviewed by Clemson and was high on their list. Patterson said he did receive a call from Clemson, but did not return their calls.

Patterson is in his 8th season at TCU. He has recorded a 72-27 record and a winning percentage that is the best in school history. Patterson, a two-time conference coach of the year at TCU, won 50 games more quickly than any coach in TCU history by winning 50 of his first 70 games. The Frogs' bowl match-up will be Patterson's 100th game in the driver seat at TCU.

"Hopefully it means that TCU knows I've been loyal," Patterson told the Fort Worth Star Telegram on Wednesday. "I love Fort Worth and I like TCU. I've had an opportunity to be a part of something that I've seen grow. It's special."

This season the Frogs are 10-2 and playing in what are some are saying is the 5th BCS game this year. (#11) TCU will play (#9) Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl, December 23rd.

Auburn is also believed to be interested in talking to former AU defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, who is the head coach at Iowa State, along with Jim Grobe, who is the head man at Wake Forest. Among the other head coaches still believed to be in the mix for the Auburn job are Turner Gill from the University of Buffalo, Derek Dooley from Louisiana Tech, Tulsa's Todd Graham and Ball State's Brady Hoke. Former Auburn assistant coaches Patrick Nix, who is offensive coordinator at Miami, and Rodney Garner, defensive line coach and assistant head coach at Georgia, have also met with AU officials about the job.


***Contributions to this story from Autigers.com


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