February 17, 2004
under way to rework Patterson contract
coach Gary Patterson could be rewarded for the job he
has done with a raise or contract extension, but no details
have been worked out, university officials said.
Assistant Sports Editor
The university wants to make sure Gary Patterson remains
in Horned Frog purple and white.
A new contract is one way of doing that.
Athletics director Eric Hyman said contract talks are
in the early stages of discussion and nothing was finalized
TCU wants to recognize excellence in all areas,
Hyman said. We want to do whats right.
Patterson declined to comment about any contract negotiations,
but acknowledged talks are ongoing.
Provost William Koehler said these things have a conversational
life of their own. Hyman said dialogue is all that is
going on right now.
After the dialogue part, then well get to
the contractual part, he said.
Koehler said there is no time table and no one is rushing
or pushing to get anything done.
Those conversations have been ongoing, and theyve
been ongoing because neither the AD nor the chancellor
nor the coach are unusually anxious. There is no reason
to be anxious, Koehler said.
Hyman said there are no outside pressures leading to the
renegotiations, but its merely a reward for the
outstanding job Patterson has done as football coach.
Koehler said Patterson has had other important things
on his mind. Patterson will be getting married Saturday
and officials will not engage in contract negotiations
until after recruiting, he said.
Koehler said theyve allowed Patterson some room
to handle these other issues but there should be no problems.
Everything will work out fine, Koehler said.
Patterson is in the second year of a contract that pays
a reported $650,000 a year until 2006, according to an
article in Saturdays Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Patterson
signed that extension after the 2002 season.
He led the Frogs to an 11-2 record last season, including
the teams sixth straight bowl appearance. He has
amassed a 27-11 record since taking over for Dennis Franchione
in 2000. He also led the team to the 2002 Conference USA