Gary Patterson hired by Texas Football

It is official.

After speculation began to bubble in December, Texas Football’s courtship of Gary Patterson is complete.

According to multiple reports – and an official listing in the UT staff guideIndeed, Patterson has been hired by the Longhorns, reuniting with Chris Del Conte in Austin as a member of coach Steve Sarkisian’s second-year staff.

Patterson was confirmed to have visited the Texas Football facilities earlier this month, and days later a vacancy for a special assistant to the head coach was posted on the UT website. As a public university, the job had to be posted and opened to the public before an offer could be made to the probably only serious candidate.

The interviews apparently went well.

Patterson’s attendance at the Texas-Kansas State basketball game followed a Horns 247 report that the former Frog had worked with the Longhorn Football program during winter conditioning.

“Former TCU coach Gary Patterson already works at Texas in his new role as special assistant to coach Steve Sarkisian.

According to a UT source, Patterson was given his ID and key card on Tuesday to start working at UT, a school he held a 7-3 career record against when he was head coach at TCU.

It’s been an interesting couple of months for Patterson, who, of course, has a statue in front of the Amon G Carter Stadium, a facility that could one day bear his name. After a quarter of a century in Fort Worth, it will be an uneasy sight to see him in Burnt Orange for Frog fans; after years of dominating the Longhorns, it will be difficult to see him help UT against the Frogs to say the least. But Patterson, who chose to leave TCU in October after reportedly being asked to stay for the remainder of the 2021 season and then take on an advisory role, wanted to return to coaching. And Texas presented an opportunity in the state with a system and personnel that he was familiar with.

It might suck for TCU fans, but it makes a lot of sense for Patterson and Steve Sarkisian.

Reaction to the news was mixed; while most TCU fans are happy that GP will remain in coaching, few are excited that he will do so with a rival in the conference.

The most interesting development is definitely how quickly Texas fans—who over the years have taken every opportunity to mock Patterson before begrudgingly paid him respect after years of getting their behinds by him—jumped on board with his Judas- turn.

TCU and Texas will face each other in Austin on November 12.

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