TCU head coach on friendship with Dan Jenkins: ‘I think he made Gary Patterson’

Golf’s major season gets underway this week with the Masters.

It’ll be the first since TCU and Fort Worth legend Dan Jenkins passed away last month.

TCU football coach Gary Patterson had a special bond with Jenkins, who’s name adorns the Amon G. Carter press box.

Patterson spoke about his relationship with Jenkins after a spring practice last month, calling him a dear friend and mentor.

“Just like he was on golfers, just like he was in his books, if you slipped up, he didn’t let you get by with it,” Patterson said. “And guess what? That’s what we all need -- somebody who holds us accountable. He, in his own way, held me accountable.”

Patterson recalled going to lunch with Jenkins and longtime TCU booster Dick Lowe at Colonial Country Club following the 2004 season. The Frogs had just gone 5-6, Patterson’s first losing season in his first four years.

That didn’t sit well with Jenkins, and he let Patterson know about it. Patterson has had just one losing season since in 2013.

“The bottom line to it is I think he made Gary Patterson, he was a little part of the development of becoming a head coach,” Patterson said.

Patterson described Jenkins and his wife, June, as “great friends.” The Jenkins’ threw Patterson and his wife, Kelsey, an engagement party.

Patterson visited with the Jenkins family before the funeral last month, talking with June and daughter Sally, a respected sports columnist at The Washington Post.

“They’re like family,” Patterson said. “The world is not as good of a place that Dan Jenkins is gone now. Let’s just say that.”

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