2015 AFCA Convention Notes: Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson has taken TCU to the upper-echelon of college football programs over the past few years, and if not for a late-season charge by the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Horned Frogs may have found themselves in the final four teams playing for a national championship.

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General Session – Gary Patterson – TCU

– Success is not easy, it comes at a price in this profession.

– I’m worried about the future of this game.

– How do you stay employed? You gotta become who you are. You want to be the same guy as Bobby Bowden or other big-time guys, but you can’t, because that’s not you.

It's about the message."

“It’s not about what you’re doing, it’s about the message.”

– “The faster you help other people get what they want, the faster  you get what you want.”

– When considering to take a job, it’s important to think about the fit. Do you fit that university? If you don’t fit, it’s not gonna work. Look past the money and facilities when making your decision. Up to this point, I’ve fit at TCU, but that doesn’t mean I’ll always fit.

– Just because a guy gets fired doesn’t mean he’s a bad coach, he may just not have been a good fit.

– There were several times during his tenure at TCU that people said his job was in jeopardy, and the local media would always end up sending the same reporter to ask him questions about his job security. Whenever he would talk to that reporter, the team always ended up getting turned around, so he started referring to that reporter as his good luck charm.

– In this business, you gotta outlast your competition. Find your niche. Find a place where you can do something no one’s ever done before.

"I help coordinate the defense because it's the only part of my job I love."

“I help coordinate the defense because it’s the only part of my job I love.”

– With today’s technology, there’s no reason to stay until 11 PM at the office every night.

– We tell new recruits that when you come to college, you’ve erased everything you’ve done up to this point. We take the same approach at the beginning of each year. We just won the Peach Bowl, but it doesn’t mean anything at this point.

– I need a five-star recruit who acts like a walk-on. If you can get a team full of guys like that, you can win a national championship.

– Master the things that require no talent: Being on time and working hard.

– If you’re gonna be a coach, the one thing they’d better be able to say about you is that you work hard.

– “Greatness is somewhere in time where hard work and dreams come together.”

– As a player I didn’t know how to dream.

On the College Football Playoff: 

  • There’s never gonna be a perfect system.
  • If we go to eight teams, there’s gonna be a ninth team that’s gonna be mad.

– “Kids believe kids, they all think we have an agenda.”

– I run my own Twitter page, and follow 10,000 people, because I want to know what the kids today are saying.


“You’ve gotta be able to reinvent yourself if you want to stay in one place.”

– It’s not about game day, it’s about how you practice.

– If you want to be a head coach, you need to have a package to sell to an AD or search committee that says you’re gonna change the world.

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