Could Texas have the former TCU boss, one of the greatest defensive minds of all time?

  • Texas ranked 99th in total defense under Kwitatkowski.
  • Patterson’s TCU teams have placed in the Big 12’s top four defenses in nine of 11 seasons.

If Gary Patterson has an iota of interest in becoming Texas’ defensive coordinator, then Steve Sarkisian should pull the trigger.

That is, if that blank checkbook given to him by Board of Regents Chairman Kevin Eltife, UT President Jay Hartzell and athletic director Chris Del Conte remains at his disposal.

Pete Kwiatkowski signed a multi-year contract to come here, but his first season was horribly historic. The nation’s 99th-ranked defense has allowed 30 or more points eight times in a 5-7 season, something that hasn’t happened in this schedule since, well, never.

In all fairness, the Horns have only been playing tackle football since 1893, so it had to happen sooner or later. That said, the biggest problem with this extremely bad season has been the team’s inability to secure saves. If the little general can put his ego aside and settle in as a good coordinator / soldier, the Horns will solve a glaring gap on the pitch.

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In 11 seasons in the Big 12, TCU’s defense has been ranked in the league’s top four for all but two years – his inaugural 2011 season and that latest campaign that led to his ouster.

Patterson was one of the most prolific defensive minds in college football and made TCU one of the game’s best turnaround stories due to his ability to recruit good defensive players and craft plans that kept them going. Horned Frogs on the Winners Ledger despite attending the same conference with more talented rosters in Austin and Norman, Okla.

If Patterson wants this job, cut a check to PK and have the former TCU boss come here with this 4-2-5 playing roster.

It would be beyond an instant upgrade.

Sark has work to do, and a proven merchandise in this defensive room would make it much easier for him. He should also be thankful that the Horns didn’t have to turn down an invitation to the bowl with five wins. These additional practices are far from sufficient to remedy the ills of the Forty Acres.

Patterson is a repairman. Go and get it.

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Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley assured media on Saturday night that he would not be LSU's next coach.  But he never said anything about USC.  After a very successful run with OU, Riley will try to rebuild the Trojans.

Lincoln says goodbye: So Lincoln Riley didn’t lie to Bedlam when he told reporters he wouldn’t be LSU’s next coach.

We had no idea he was already planning on hitching up his wagon and heading west.

As the former Oklahoma coach moved to SoCal, I could only think of recent stories from the Sooners and their neighbors south of the Red River.

While not leading the Sooners to a national championship, Riley skillfully replaced coaching legend Bob Stoops and led the program to four Big 12 titles and a 37-7 record in five seasons with three appearances in college football playoffs. No CFP wins, but the Sooners kept the league in the playoff mix under Riley’s watch.

I could only imagine that spinoffs in Austin had a head coach with twice as many conference titles as Mack Brown bailed out for another job. If the numbers mean anything, the Horns would kill for a coach like Riley. He ticks a lot of boxes.

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It was a major move that came hours after the state of Oklahoma broke Oklahoma’s grip on the Big 12. The move created a firestorm in Norman, so mad as rumors abound that Kliff Kingsbury will leave his NFL roost in Arizona to return to the college ranks. I guess those who buy into this discussion forget that Kliffy couldn’t win at Texas Tech with Patrick Mahomes as a quarterback.

As Riley sets off in search of a home, the fallout has created more questions than answers. As:

• Where are the people who always label players disloyal for being transferred when a coach leaves?

• How long has Riley known he will be leaving the OU?

• Did Riley leave because he didn’t want to be part of the SEC training?

• How much does Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby today laugh at recent events in Austin and Norman?

Lee Elder, saluting as he arrives for the ceremonial tee shots ahead of the Masters first round last April, died Sunday at the age of 87.  Elder broke racial barriers as the first black golfer to play in the Masters (1975) and paved the way for Tiger Woods and others of color.

RIP, Mr. Elder: Without Lee Elder, there would never have been a Tiger Woods. The first black to have competed in the Masters (1975) died on Sunday.

“I was shaking so much I didn’t even know if I was going to be able to play the ball,” Elder once told CNN of playing on the biggest golf scene.

Tiger has always credited Elder and Charlie Gifford with opening doors for him and others to play a sport that was not always available to people of color. The debut of Elder’s Masters came amid death threats, but he moved on.

He was a true trailblazer and fierce competitor who overcame the loss of both parents within a week of WWII to ultimately play a huge role in changing golf.

Richard Williams, along with his daughters Venus and Serena in 1993, trained them to become tennis superstars with the able help of his then-wife Oracene.  Each of the sisters held the top spot in the game and they combined to win 30 Grand Slam singles titles.

King Richard is a Hall of Famer: If the Powers That Be have half a brain, they’ll induct Richard and Oracene Williams into the International Tennis Hall of Fame for what they’ve given to the game.

Serena and Venus.

Bev and I watched “King Richard” on Sunday before calling NFL Sunday Ticket and she retired on her laptop. It was a wonderfully told story of how a downtown black couple trained their two young daughters to be tennis superstar.

They don’t always have the credit of being two of the greatest coaches in the history of American sport, but what they did with these two is miraculous given the financial and cultural obstacles they have had to overcome. to give their daughters the resources to succeed in a sport where the rich had inherent advantages.

Will Smith stars as tennis coach Richard Williams in new movie "King Richard." Williams guided his daughters Serena and Venus to stardom.

More importantly, they not only raised Serena and Venus to be all-time greats in tennis, but also took them out of a humble environment in Compton, Calif., And turned them into people. solid who thrived off the court. Richard Williams was unconventional and controversial but, above all, wildly successful.

The film did not dive into his life before marrying Oracene – a girl from his previous marriage was very critical of Smith’s portrayal as it did not tell the Williams story that he had abandoned his first family – but that doesn’t take away what he and Oracene contributed to the game.

Their daughters combined to win 30 Grand Slam singles titles – Serena has 23 – as well as 28 doubles Grand Slam titles and Olympic golds in singles and doubles (two each), both having also occupied the first place. Serena is one of the greatest athletes of all time on Mount Rushmore.

Their father is 79 years old and is recovering from several strokes. It would be great for him to get his flowers – along with his ex-wife – from the international tennis community while he’s still with us.

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