TCU soccer: Gary Patterson takes part in Senior Day vs. Kansas
Gary Patterson made its first statement since split from TCU on October 31st. Patterson posted the message on his social media account and said, “Thanks everyone!”
Patterson went down as the TCU’s most successful coach of all time on Halloween after TCU officials informed him that he would not be returning in 2022.
“After 24 years, Kelsey and I have no words to describe how we feel about Fort Worth and TCU,” Patterson wrote. “That’s why it took me so long to answer.
“We just want to thank you for your friendship and support. To all of the players and staff who are our friends, we love you and thank you for all of your time, hard work and effort. They say it takes a village and that is absolutely true!
“Lastly, I want to thank my family for their sacrifices so that I can do something I absolutely love!
“Always your friends, Kelsey and Gary.”
Earlier in the day it was announced that Patterson would be at the house for the TCU Senior Day celebrations before the Kansas game on Saturday afternoon.
The TCU posted a social media message announcing that Patterson and Ms. Kelsey would be in the tunnel to support the seniors attending their final home game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
“We’ll be in the house before the game to honor our players and our SENIORS in particular!” Kelsey wrote on Twitter. “Please come and support these fine young men. # 40not4. “
The focus will be on the seniors attending the celebrations, not Patterson’s presence. Patterson does not want to be “honored and celebrated” as TCU officials hoped when they met on October 31st to inform Patterson that he would not be returning as a coach in 2022.
TCU officials begged Patterson to train for the rest of the season, but he refused. Instead, Patterson has appeared in the football offices to help his assistants plan and prepare for the upcoming opponent. Patterson and Kelsey made a quick trip to Austin last weekend.
On Tuesday, Patterson was spotted with singer Leon Bridges handing 10,000 Thanksgiving meals to families in North Texas through her charity, The Big Good, at the Tarrant Area Food Bank. He made his first public comment on Thursday afternoon.
For the most part, however, Patterson has held back since separating from TCU. Leaving school the most successful coach of all time, he went 181-79 over 21 seasons. Patterson has said Fort Worth will always be at home and he continues to give back across the region.
Days after his release, Patterson said all options for his future coaching plans were open. He certainly has the references that are interested in almost every school with a head coach these days.
In the meantime, Patterson continues to focus on the TCU 2021 team, giving the seniors the best possible season. This also includes being there for the last home game.
The TCU is trying to arouse interest in the game and writes on its soccer Twitter account: “We need you at the Carter on Saturday to appear for this senior class one last time! Mrs. P and Coach P will be in the tunnel to send them away, we need you to do the same! “
The TCU received the Academic All-Big 12 award on Thursday for 19 players.
Six players with at least 3.20 GPA were named first team, including RB Emari Demercado, TEs Dominic DiNunzio and Mitchell Hansen, QB Matthew Downing, WR Jack Powers and long snapper Antonio Ortiz.
Thirteen players were named second team (3.0-3.19 GPA) including QB Max Duggan, RB Zach Evans, WRs Taye Barber, Blake Nowell and Gunnar Henderson, TE Brent Matiscik, offensive linemen John Lanz, Colson Altman and Andrew Coker, LBs Hilton Harris and Wyatt Harris and DBs Deshawn McCuin and Deryl Reynolds.
This story was originally published November 18, 2021 3:47 p.m.