Patterson Meets With The Media

Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson

Nov. 20, 2012

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU football coach Gary Patterson held his weekly news conference Tuesday in the Four Sevens Team Room.

The Horned Frogs play at No. 16 Texas on Thursday. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. CST with the Thanksgiving Day contest televised on ESPN.

Included below are excerpts from Patterson's presser.

Opening statement ...
"Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We understood what the last half of the season was going to be like, that it was going to be a measuring stick and it has been. It is a great opportunity to rekindle old Southwest Conference ties between Texas and TCU. We are really excited to again be playing in that kind of venue and to be part of the tradition of the Thanksgiving game."

On Texas head coach Mack Brown ...
"Mack Brown has done an unbelievable job with that program the last 15 years. To win all the football games he has, including a national championship, has been truly unbelievable. Mack and (wife) Sally are good friends of ours, but he and I both have to get after it for three hours on Thursday night."

On the Texas football team ...
"They have a good football team. Defensively, they are playing much better than a year ago. You see their history in the last part of the season. Offensively, they have a lot of weapons. With Malcolm Brown coming back, they have four tailbacks who can play for anybody. They have a good core of receivers. Their offensive line has improved, and their quarterback has managed the game better. In special teams, you always find out about them due to their depth and how well they can play. We have a difficult task at hand, but it is not any different than going into West Virginia and winning an overtime game against a Tavon Austin or a (Steadman) Bailey, or playing a Collin Klein and Kansas State. I said these last four ballgames are a measuring stick to see what we have to do in the off season to get better and win."

On TCU's performance in the Big 12 ...
"All those that said they didn't know whether TCU could play week-to-week hadn't been following much college football. It wouldn't have done me any good to argue that point off the field when we have to prove that on the field. We are not where we need to be at 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the conference. We have been in every game. We have lost in overtime, and we have won in overtime. For me, it was more of a challenge walking up the mountain in 2001 with where we needed to get to than it is right now. We had no tools in 2001 to climb the mountain. We have to keep our goals high to understand where we have to get to. You have to be realistic and keep it in that visual point of understanding. That is what I feel we have done as a program up to this point."

On the recruiting impact of Thursday's game ...
"Texas is a very good football program. We wanted to play Texas, because you have to beat the best to be the best. If you want to win the Big 12 title, as a general rule, it has gone through Austin and Norman. You had Oklahoma State a year ago and possibly Kansas State this year. If you want to win the conference title consistently, you have to find a way to beat those two football teams. That is the way it has been, and it will not change."

On adjusting to the top teams in different conferences ...
"When we entered the Mountain West, everything focused on how you beat Utah and BYU. Everything recruiting wise and schematics was around how to beat those two teams. It was the same in Conference USA with Southern Miss and Louisville. If you can set yourself a format to beat those two teams, you will be in position to play well against the rest of them. We will evaluate what we did, how we need to recruit and what needs to change in recruiting. Those are things we will have to take a look at. It's what we have done in every other conference we have been in. We have two ballgames left to get to seven or eight wins and then a bowl game to possibly get nine wins. I am also not stupid enough to think it is a daunting enough task with Texas having a chance to win the conference title."

On playing on Thanksgiving ...
"You want an opportunity to be a part of history. Our biggest part of history was back in the 30s, and we are trying to recreate that. There will be those that say you can never do it, but those people have been around from the beginning. People said we couldn't build this stadium, get into the Big 12 or win a Rose Bowl. We have been told that forever."



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