With all the head coaching jobs that will probably become available by the time the 2012 season is over, the rumor mills are churning with who will go where. Most recently is the rumor that the TCU Horned Frogs coach, Gary Patterson is the leading candidate to take John L. Smith‘s place as the Arkansas Razorbacks shot-caller. How likely is this to happen? Well, if you look up Gary Patterson on Wikipedia, it’s already a done deal.
In the college football world, you can never say never, but the likelihood that Patterson would leave what he has built in Fort Worth to take the helm in Fayettesville is unlikely. Patterson has been at TCU for 12 years and since he has been there, the Horned Frogs are sitting at 115-33 record. Patterson has rebuilt the Frogs from the ground up and has complete control over decisions made for the program. He also is reportedly having a monster house built in Fort Worth. Not that a house can’t be sold, but I don’t see Patterson taking off to start the rebuilding process over again. He has worked too hard for the things he has accomplished in Fort Worth.
When many thought the Horned Frogs’ season was done due to injuries and suspensions, Patterson has proven that his team can hang with the best of them. I agree that the Razorbacks need someone just like Patterson, but actually prying him away from TCU would be a feat.
Remember, it’s that time of year, Jon Gruden gets suggested for every available head coaching position and at the end of the day it doesn’t happen. Right now, a rumor is just that, a rumor. Nice choice though, Razorback fans.