TCU coach Gary Patterson said “there were calls” from other schools interested in hiring him away.
But again, he stayed in Fort Worth.
He said it’s becoming harder for another offer to top what he has with the Horned Frogs.
“You get to a point where your list of why you stay, there’s a lot to overcome in that one column,” he said in a post-practice meeting with reporters Tuesday. He had been asked, jokingly, if his feelings aren’t hurt that it’s his assistants who are in demand and not him.
“There were calls,” he said.
Co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie both interviewed for other jobs since the regular season ended, and co-defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross accepted the defensive coordinator position at Missouri.
Patterson, whose TCU team plays Oregon in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 2, said he has a list of five places he would leave TCU for, given the chance, but he’s not going to disclose them.
“Here’s what I always say — I always say, ‘Never say never,’ because there are people that say they’ll never leave and then they go,” he said. “So I never say never. But just look at my track record and how I’ve approached things.”
Patterson is finishing his 15th season as head coach at TCU and 18th overall since arriving as defensive coordinator and safeties coach under Dennis Franchione. He is 142-47 with the Horned Frogs and has gone to a bowl in 16 seasons. Last year, in its third year in the Big 12, TCU won a share of the league title.
“I’m about fit,” Patterson said. “And I tell coaches all the time — you got to make sure you don’t go for a title, you don’t go for money, you go for fit. Is it better? Is it going to be a better experience for you? And I try to help them if that’s what they want. I’m not one of those guys that gets upset, throws things, all that kind of stuff. They helped me be where I’m at, so if it’s right for them, then they should do it.”
Patterson, who will be 56 in February, dismissed the idea that he would be a lesser candidate because of his age.
“When you get to 56, some people think you’re too old to do these kind of things,” he said. “They haven’t come out to watch me practice.”
TCU vs. Oregon
5:45 p.m. Jan. 2, ESPN
Alamodome, San Antonio