Reports: Gary Patterson joins Texas in off-field role

Field Level Media

January 19, 2022 at 7:21 pm.

Longtime TCU head coach Gary Patterson is poised to join the Texas Longhorns in an off-field capacity, Horns247 and ESPN reported Wednesday.

Patterson’s title will be special assistant to the head coach, Steve Sarkisian. He will be in place for the 2022 season and will be tasked with helping to improve the Longhorns’ defense under defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, per the reports.

The Longhorns finished 99th nationally in scoring defense and 100th in total defense last season, Sarkisian’s first in Austin.

Patterson was forced out at TCU in October after 21-plus years and a 181-79 record as head coach. He guided the Horned Frogs to 10 or more wins on 11 occasions. Patterson spent 24 years at TCU altogether.

Patterson, 61, was spotted at a Longhorns basketball game Tuesday night talking with Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte, who was Patterson’s AD at TCU before leaving for Texas in 2017.