After the Horned Frogs dismantled Air Force in the team's last game of the season, ESPN and others reported that Patterson was set to interview for the Auburn coaching vacancy. The Auburn athletic director and others from the school may or may not have flown to Fort Worth to meet with the coach. But soon after, Patterson's name was scratched off the list of potential candidates.
Did he laugh at them and tell them no? Did Auburn's poor treatment of former head coach Tommy Tuberville, who won 85 games in 10 seasons at the school, influence Patterson's decision. Maybe and probably.
But today, Patterson said yes to something and that came in the form of a contract extension to remain the head coach of the Horned Frogs through 2014. For all the fans that are breathing a sigh of relief, worried that Patterson was ready to bolt without a raise and extension, you have the right to be happy with this news. While Patterson can negotiate a buyout if he really wanted to leave in the future, this extension is a sign that the man with 100 wins at TCU is committed to keeping a good thing going.
"I am very appreciative of Chancellor Boschini, Dr. Morrison and the TCU administration for providing the resources and support to have a football program that makes TCU proud," Patterson told the Fort Worth Star Telegram. "My family and I have found a home at TCU and in the Fort Worth community."
While the official terms of the contract have not been released, Patterson's base salary will earn him $1.7 million per year. In addition to the head coach getting a raise, the contract also means his assistants will see their pay increased.
I definitely think this is a good move for TCU, as it keeps continuity within the football program and pushes the Frogs one step closer to knocking down the BCS' door. While he has been here, the Frogs have fielded defenses that are downright menacing. A fast and physical team that punishes opponents has become the calling card of Patterson just as mayhem and destruction were for Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight.
College football has taken notice and the fact that Patterson is staying put at a school that many BCS snobs consider a stepping stone is a huge statement from the coach. He has helped further transform a small school's football program from one that once was a laughing into a team that not many of the auto-bid conferences want to schedule. Yes, they are scared. The University of Texas and Oklahoma get a pass here, as both have played the Frogs in the last couple of seasons.
With at least 10 wins in five of his last seven seasons as head coach, the Frogs can be unsatisfied with anything less than a BCS bowl. That is how high the bar has been raised with Patterson at the helm. The TCU AD sees the value of the coach's work and did what he could to take care of him. Anything Patterson wants, he should get. By doing big things with the football program, he has earned the right demand a lot from the school.