Patterson under contract through 2008

Updated: April 8, 2004, 12:28 AM ET
Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU coach Gary Patterson on Wednesday got a one-year contract extension through 2008.

When Patterson replaced Dennis Franchione as Horned Frogs coach after the 2000 season, he got a five-year contract. This is the second straight year Patterson has gotten a one-year extension.

The Horned Frogs were 11-2 last season. They won their first 10 games and were No. 6 in the BCS, the highest ranking ever for a team from a non-BCS conference. The chance for an undefeated season ended with a loss at Southern Mississippi, then the Frogs played in the Fort Worth Bowl on their campus.

"For us, I want the kids in the state of Texas and other places to understand this is a place I'm going to be a while," Patterson said. "A lot of people say I'm a young head coach and am not going to be here long. This is not a stepping stone place anymore."

Patterson is 27-11 and has coached two of the Frogs' 10-win teams. He was promoted from defensive coordinator when Franchione, now at Texas A&M, was hired by Alabama. Patterson has coached four bowl games, including the 2000 galleryfurniture.com Bowl for his first game.

The Frogs open Sept. 2 against Northwestern, then play SMU and Texas Tech.


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