TCU football coach Gary Patterson has four assistants on his staff who have ties to Oklahoma State, Saturday’s opponent in Amon G. Carter Stadium (11 a.m., FS1).
The list includes three full-time assistant coaches, as well as graduate assistant J.W. Walsh, who played quarterback for the Cowboys last season. Among the TCU foursome, Patterson said the guy with the most direct input on what No. 13 Oklahoma State (8-2, 6-1) will do in preparations this week is Walsh, who played for OSU from 2012-15.
“Everything they do at Oklahoma State, in terms of signals, will be completely changed this week because of J.W,” Patterson said during Tuesday’s news conference.
TCU’s three full-timers with OSU connections also figure to play a major role in Saturday’s outcome as the Horned Frogs (5-4, 3-3) seek to become bowl-eligible. The list includes co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, a former OSU offensive lineman (1985-87); defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow, a former OSU player (1991-93) and graduate assistant (1994-95); and running backs coach Curtis Luper, a former OSU player (1984-87) and assistant coach (2005-08).
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None of those coaches, Patterson said, will be renewing any acquaintances with former OSU classmates or co-workers until after Saturday’s contest concludes.
“I promise you there’s no intermingling this week,” Patterson said. “You’ve got to get ready to do your job.”