Gary Patterson isn’t one to mince words.
Last season finished as one of the worst collective seasons in modern history for the 12 Texas-based FBS schools. No Texas team finished in the top 25 in the final College Football Playoff rankings or in the Associated Press media poll or the coaches’ poll.
It was enough to make the veteran TCU coach hang his head in shame.
Patterson blamed the departure of Texas A&M from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference. Other factors noted were the loss of many top prospects to out-of-state programs.
“I think A&M going to the SEC hurt us a little bit because you have that common factor,” Patterson said. “I think the Big 12’s learning it’s helping us because we’re now leaving the state to be able to get kids to come into the state.
“But we should be embarrassed we don’t have a team in the top 25. There’s a lot of good football players, even that come to our schools, that can play and play at a high level, and we need to play better. It’s as simple as that.”
Obviously, A&M leaving for the Southeastern Conference weakens their old rivals in the Big 12. It also opens up state of Texas for recruiting from programs from across the nation.
Schools from the SEC Western Division now sell recruits on an appealing idea. Namely, they can return to their home state at least once every two seasons when they play at Kyle Field.
New coaches equals more excitement
The arrival of strong, vibrant coaches like Matt Rhule at Baylor and Tom Herman at Texas should help recruiting at both schools. It will be counterbalanced by Lincoln Riley’s arrival at Oklahoma which has already boosted OU’s recruiting in the state.
But those new coaches should boost the Big 12’s recruiting and indirectly boost the entire conference.
Last season was a strange season that only can be considered as an anomaly across the Lone Star State.
And one that likely won’t be a concern for Patterson or coaches from other Texas FBS schools on a regular basis.