Oct 23, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA;  TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson reacts during the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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TCU, Gary Patterson agree to part ways

TCU has “mutually agreed to part ways” with coach Gary Patterson after 21-plus years with him at the head of the Horned Frogs’ football program.

Assistant Jerry Kill will serve as TCU’s interim coach for the remainder of the season.

TCU is 3-5 overall (1-4 Big 12) and has lost five of its past six games. The team could finish with a losing record for the third time in six seasons.

TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said in a statement that he and Patterson agreed a new voice was needed in the program. Patterson is the program’s all-time leader in victories with 181.

“The story of Gary Patterson and the rise in the fortunes of the TCU football program over the last 20 years is clearly one of the most remarkable in the history of college football,” Donati said. “We are grateful to Gary and Kelsey Patterson and appreciate everything they have meant to TCU and the Fort Worth community.

“Under his leadership, TCU has become a nationally recognized brand name in football and in collegiate athletics. Chancellor (Victor) Boschini and I met with Coach Patterson today and mutually agreed that the time has come for a new voice and leadership in our football program. We asked him to continue on as our head coach for the remainder of the season, and take on a different role in 2022, but he believed it was in the team’s and TCU’s best interests to begin the transition immediately.”

Patterson took over as the Horned Frogs’ coach starting with the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl. He led the program’s transition from Conference USA to the Mountain West, turned it into a perennial power and then helped them make the jump to the Big 12.

Under Patterson, TCU appeared in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, which they lost to Boise State in a matchup of undefeated Group of Five teams, and then the 2010 Rose Bowl, where they defeated Wisconsin.

Patterson, 61, was 181-79 all-time as TCU’s coach. He guided the Horned Frogs to 10 or more wins on 11 occasions.

Kill’s head-coaching stops comprise Northern Illinois (2008-10) and Minnesota (2011-15). He is 60 years old.

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