TCU’s Gary Patterson says ‘nobody has any patience’ with midseason coach firings
FORT WORTH — Coaching jobs in college football have become seemingly more fragile than ever in recent weeks. TCU coach Gary Patterson isn’t a fan of the trend.
Patterson said on Tuesday that recent midseason firings of Power 5 coaches have boiled down to nothing more a lack of patience, and could become more frequent.
“I think you’re going to see more of it because of the early signing date and because nobody has any patience anymore,” Patterson said. “I don’t think it’s fair to anybody — players or coaches.”
Two notable cases of mid-season firings this year have come in the SEC East. Florida fired coach Jim McElwain on Oct. 29 after the Gators fell to Georgia, 42-7. Tennessee fired Butch Jones on Nov. 12 after an 0-6 start to conference play.
Other coaches, including Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Nebraska’s Mike Riley, have unclear futures.
The Big 12 Conference currently houses three first-year head coaches. Among those, only Texas’ Tom Herman filled a job previously held by a fired coach. Texas fired Charlie Strong after the 2016 season.
With Patterson on pace for another 10-win season at TCU, the coaching carousel shouldn’t be making a visit to Fort Worth anytime soon. But for other schools, there could be some new faces in 2018.