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That’s No. 9: Patterson’s peers make him their coach of the year

TCU coach Gary Patterson talks with Iowa State coach Paul Rhodes before their game on Dec. 6, the season finale. TCU won the game 55-3, finishing an 11-1 regular season.
TCU coach Gary Patterson talks with Iowa State coach Paul Rhodes before their game on Dec. 6, the season finale. TCU won the game 55-3, finishing an 11-1 regular season. Star-Telegram

Gary Patterson has been honored by media and football groups for leading TCU to a 12-1 record.

Now his peers have done the same.

The American Football Coaches Associaton named the Horned Frogs head coach its FBS coach of the year.

It’s the second such award for Patterson, who also won it in 2009, and the ninth coach of the year award for him this season.

Patterson, with the help of first-year co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie and his own usual strong defense, guided the Horned Frogs to 12 wins for the third time in six seasons. The team finished No. 3 in the final AP and coaches rankings, announced Tuesday after the result of Monday’s national championship game.

Patterson has also been named coach of the year this season by the AP, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, ESPN/Home Depot, CBSSports.com, Scout.com and the Big 12. The AP also named him its Big 12 coach of the year.

Patterson is up for one more coach of the year honor. The Bear Bryant Award will be presented Wednesday in Houston. Patterson is a finalist, along with Alabama’s Nick Saban, Boise State’s Bryan Harsin, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407

Twitter: @calexmendez

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