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Gary Patterson...this is no stepping stone
There is no coach today who has done more with less than Patterson, and with the move to the Big East in 2012 that is changing rapidly.
Patterson is still winning with athletes ranked as 2 and 3-star players coming out of high school, but not for much longer. The past two classes have begun chipping away at the glass ceiling so called mid-majors have been limited to the occasional 4-star and a few 3-stars.
How long until CGP gathers in his first 5-star, and what will he be able to do with a player who does not need quite as much development as the 2-stars like Jerry Hughes and Tank Carder?
For years TCU fans and alumni have dealt with the coaching carousel every year. Patterson could leave Ft. Worth for Michigan, USC, Ohio State, or any other perceived MAJOR college power team, and every season he has remained at TCU.
At Ft. Worth, Patterson is the JoPa of TCU.
Why would he leave like Franchioni did for greener pastures of first Alabama and then Texas A&M where he was fired after a lackluster reign in College Station? Now he is starting over with a soon-to-be BCS division Texas State.
For 2011 Patterson is the mastermind behind yet another top 10 run by the Frogs.