Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Vols haven't contacted Patterson
By Richard Durrett ESPNDallas.com
TCU coach Gary Patterson has not had any contact with Tennessee officials and has no plans to meet with them, he said Wednesday night through the TCU media relations department.
Mark Cohen, TCU media relations director, said he spoke with Patterson just after 5 p.m. CT in the TCU athletic offices, and the coach said he had not heard from anyone associated with the Volunteers' search for a new coach.
Tennessee is in the market for Lane Kiffin's replacement after Kiffin accepted the job at USC. Patterson interviewed for the Tennessee job last year before Kiffin was named coach.
Patterson, who turns 50 next month, just returned from Orlando, Fla., where he accepted the AFCA Coach of the Year Award. It was Patterson's ninth national coaching honor following a 12-1 season, the program's first BCS bowl appearance and a No. 6 ranking in the final polls.
Patterson has six 10-win seasons in his last eight years at TCU, including five 11-win campaigns since 2003. He was the 2009 Mountain West Conference coach of the year. He also won league coach of the year awards in 2002 and 2005.
Patterson agreed to a new long-term contract with TCU in December that runs through 2016 season.