TCU Has Arrived! ESPN College GameDay Comes to Fort Worth for Utah-TCU

Pete MisthaufenAnalyst INovember 8, 2009

TCU coach Gary Patterson has been turning down job offers from "bigger" schools for a few years.

Many thought he would follow the path of former TCU head coach Dennis Franchione and move on to greener pastures once the job offers came rolling in.

Instead, he has stayed put at TCU, committing to the program, asking only that the school commit to the football team.

TCU is in the process of spending millions of dollars on a massive upgrade in facilities, with the stadium being the last piece in the puzzle.

TCU has already built an indoor practice facility and a student athlete complex that is on par with the best in the country.

One of the main reasons Patterson stayed put is that he believed he could reach the pinnacle of college football at TCU.

The man with a vision appears to have his goal in sight.

The Frogs are ranked No. 4 in the nation, a spot in a BCS bowl is all but guaranteed with a win over the Utes, and TCU has a shot at making the BCS title game.


ESPN College GameDay coming to Fort Worth

With TCU-Utah being the marquee matchup of the upcoming weekend, it is without too much surprise that ESPN College GameDay is coming to Fort Worth.

This will be the second time that Lee Corso and crew will have their show at a TCU game, having been at Provo for the TCU-BYU matchup.

For TCU, this is a true signal that TCU has returned to the highest levels of college football, a true miracle considering just how far TCU had fallen in the 1970s and 1980s.

Having been left to the side when the Southwest Conference imploded in the 1990s, TCU has moved from conference to conference, looking for both a home and long term success. 

The Mountain West Conference has given TCU the vehicle to success that was missing from its time in the WAC and CUSA.

For the university, it is a great chance to advertise and showcase the school, which has been upgrading the entire campus over the last few years.

All this represents both vindication and validation for long-term supporters of TCU football and TCU, who put their money behind building a true powerhouse.

TCU should manhandle Utah on Saturday in a sold out Amon G. Carter Stadium, only the third sellout in the current stadium's history and the first based upon local support of TCU football (the other games were in 1984 against Texas and 2006 against Texas Tech, each of which brought in huge numbers of fans).

So, all those teams needing a great head coach will just need to look elsewhere.

Gary Patterson has everything he wants at TCU, including the success that so many argued was not possible in Fort Worth.

TCU should remain at the upper echelon of college football for years to come, especially with Gary Patterson leading the way.