Can't Wait For Saturday | After his near-Saban-like run at TCU, Patterson should be a big help at Baylor

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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmussen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.


Lost in the shuffle the past few weeks was a quiet decision made at Baylor.

The school is adding longtime college head coach Gary Patterson as a consultant.

The TCU legend was missed. He last worked at Texas in 2022 as the special assistant to head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Patterson put together a fantastic career with the Horned Frogs. In 21 seasons at the Fort Worth school, Patterson went 181-79. A record most any school would be giddy about.

He won at least 10 games 11 times. During one dazzling stretch from 2005-11 TCU won 11, 11, eight, 11, 12, 13 and 11.

The end did not go well for Patterson with the Horned Frogs. It rarely does. He wanted to stay in charge beyond 2021, but left before the year was up.

TCU had a monster year after Patterson's departure, with new coach Sonny Dykes leading the team to the College Football Playoff title game against Georgia. The finale did not go well, with the Bulldogs rolling 65-7, in what figures to forever be the standard for blowouts.

Dykes and the Horned Frogs leveled off in Year 2, finishing 5-7. Could be more of the same this season in the revamped Big 12.

Something to look forward to for Patterson fans: TCU plays Nov. 2 at Baylor.

Patterson just turned 64. Like Illinois men's basketball coach Brad Underwood, he is a proud Kansan (Rozel, population 98) . Both went to Kansas State, Patterson is three years older.

If he wants to return to the sidelines as the big boss, sooner is better than later. Or maybe he wants the low-stress gig at Baylor.

Either way, great to have him back in the game.