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Gary Patterson to Arkansas: Should TCU Coach Leave Big 12 for SEC?
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Arkansas is searching for a new head coach, and once again Gary Patterson has entered the mix.

Sources are telling Pete Roussell of CoachingSearch.com that the current TCU head coach has become the leading candidate for the Arkansas coaching job. When the Razorbacks let go of former head coach Bobby Petrino during the offseason earlier this year, Patterson was considered one of the front-runners for the position as well.

Whether it was last year or this offseason that is approaching, Patterson would be foolish to leave the program he is at now.

The guy who has coached TCU since the 2000 season has done some wonderful things in the last 10 years. Of course, he has led the team to a pair of BCS bowls, won a total of five conference championships and earned numerous Coach of the Year awards.

But this is much bigger than that.

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Gary Patterson is just getting started at TCU.

Patterson has quickly turned the Horned Frogs into a big-time football powerhouse. Ever since the coach has stepped on campus, he has dominated the C-USA, MWC, and now his current squad is sitting with an impressive 6-3 record in the first year in the Big 12. For a program that has had a sketchy bowl history throughout its existence, this season will mark the eighth straight year the team has reached a bowl game under Patterson.

Amon G. Carter Stadium has also seen many renovations over the years, which has helped lead to the first full sellout season in TCU history, according to star-telegram.com.

To takeover Arkansas that is currently going through rough times would not be a wise move. With the Razorbacks having their worst season in the programs history, a complete overhaul of the coaching staff is likely to take place.

Also, if he didn't leave for Arkansas during the offseason when it had a talented team that was predicted to compete for an SEC Championship, there is little doubt he would leave now.

Arkansas isn't exactly a recruiting hot bed to get some of the more talented athletes to come and play for you. It is also in the SEC West, which happens to be arguably the toughest division in all of college football, and it would take some time for Patterson to get this program back on its feet.

However, TCU hasn't been such a squeaky clean program, as 18 people were arrested earlier this year on a drug bust, four of which happened to be football players. But Patterson has done a terrific job and it only looks like it is the beginning of good things to come for the Horned Frogs, despite the unwanted negative attention.

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He has been able to get TCU into a power conference in the Big 12, which should prevent the school from becoming a launching pad for up and coming coaches. He has a chance to truly compete for national championships at this point.

Patterson has also had no problem recruiting in the state of Texas and picking up talented recruits, while the stadium is quickly becoming a solid venue to play sports.

People are now interested in the Horned Frogs.

The coach has also recently become the TCU all-time wins leader in school history, making him an icon for everything he has done.

It just wouldn't make sense for him to leave at this moment and to head to a school that has so many question marks. Having to compete against teams such as Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and even Auburn doesn't sound too appealing either.

The current TCU coach has a bright future ahead and is doing wonderful things. Leaving for the unknown would really be a questionable move on his part.

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