Texas Christian University has ended head football coach Gary Patterson’s season immediately, according to a team announcement.
The longtime popular coach had led TCU to some of its best football in school history, including a move to the Big 12, a power 5 conference.
However, TCU’s lackluster 2021 season has apparently led to an abrupt end for Patterson, revealing no coach is ever safe in FBS football programs.
Breaking: Gary Patterson and #TCU are parting ways immediately.
The #Frogs longtime head coach will not finish the season. @JDonati_TCU will start the search for a new football coach. pic.twitter.com/zyOrOeA8V1
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) October 31, 2021
According to Sports Illustrated, assistant coach Jerry Kill will take over as interim coach effective immediately.
Breaking: Gary Patterson and TCU are parting ways effective immediately, per @newyscruggs 🚨
Jerry Kill will serve as interim head coach. pic.twitter.com/fyy9WtwNS0
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 31, 2021
A search is reportedly already underway for the next head coach. However, no decision is likely before the end of the current season.
TCU fans are likely to be upset over the Halloween departure of the beloved coach, but Texas football will not stop. Fans will be back next week for the next matchup as the season rolls on for the team.