Gary Patterson Emerging As Michigan Candidate?

January 5, 2011 – 3:21 pm by Ryan Phillips

With Jim Harbaugh seemingly not interested in the Michigan job, that has left everyone (including us) speculating as to who would take over for the departed Rich Rodriguez. Yesterday we stated that San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke had to be the top candidate given the available options, but now new names are emerging.

Many have speculated that LSU head coach Les Miles would choose to head to his alma mater if the Wolverines came calling. He was not interested in the position a few years ago, but he also had a national championship roster and was clearly at his peak in Baton Rouge. He doesn’t exactly have the best relationship with LSU’s fanbase at the moment, but his pricey buyout might be too much for Michigan to handle, when you consider how much the school would have to pay him on top of that.

So other than Miles and Hoke, who are Michigan’s options?

One name that has risen to the top of the list is TCU’s Gary Patterson. While Patterson has always been mentioned with every major opening over the past few years, he has seemed content to stay at TCU. But let’s be real here, Patterson’s stock will never be higher than it is right now. TCU is 25-1 in its last 26 games. His Horned Frogs also proved to have one of the best defenses in the nation, while Michigan’s D was embarrassingly bad this season.

Furthermore, the transition from Michigan’s current offense to Patterson’s wouldn’t be that difficult, meaning the Wolverines could likely hang on to star quarterback Denard Robinson.

The only drawback to Patterson – other than the ridiculous salary it would take to dislodge him from TCU – is that he is a control freak. He is incredibly hands-on, which would seem like a good thing, right? Well, Rich Rodriguez had the same reputation when he arrived in Ann Arbor, and that personality quickly rubbed people the wrong way.

Still for a chance to win and change the culture of the team, Michigan fans might be willing to deal with Patterson’s personality.

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  1. 13 Responses to “Gary Patterson Emerging As Michigan Candidate?”

  2. I gotta correct you here. People I know who are close to the LSU program tell me Miles was set to take the job the last time it opened, which Desmond Howard heard, and then he or Herbstreit blurted something about it on the air, forcing Les to put together his impromptu press conference and declare he was staying with his “DAMN STRONG FOOTBALL TEAM.” Of course, LSU ended up winning the SEC Championship game and then backed into the national title game with some help from others losing and the rest is history. But I doubt he’ll go to Ann Arbor now, or at least that is the buzz. But with The Hat, making predictions are the ultimate folly.

    By Hick Flick on Jan 5, 2011

  3. I heard Jerry Kill was quoted that Patterson would be interested in the Michigan job – a lot !

    By Mike Someone on Jan 5, 2011

  4. Hick Flick,
    I heard they low-balled him big time, he was a tad insulted, had a better situation at LSU and he and his staff thought they could start a run of a few national titles in a row, while it would have taken years to rebuild Michigan. I heard there were overtures but the money wasn’t even close to right and that’s where it stopped.

    He may have wanted to take the job but from the people I’ve talked to it never really materialized.

    By Phillips on Jan 5, 2011

  5. TCU to Michigan no way! I’m from texas and the recruiting is way easier for him here. Now i the Big East he could be BCS bound every year

    By simon on Jan 5, 2011

  6. Harbaugh may be sorry he bluew Michigan off.

    By John Hoffman on Jan 6, 2011

  7. Michigan never offered Miles three years ago, because he and Lloyd Carr can’t stand each other. He would have gone.if offered.

    By Rick W. on Jan 6, 2011

  8. Why leave TCU for UM? Unless they throw a huge amount of money at him it would not necessarily be a step up. UM has a long tradition and a large stadium, but Bo has been gone for a long time. What have they really done since then? An SEC team – maybe.

    By JIm on Jan 6, 2011

  9. Michigan desparately needs help defensively and Patterson would be a great lure. I’m sure that Michigan has any amount of money necessary to bring him now that Harbaugh is out of the way. I hope he comes.

    By Lois Hallifax on Jan 6, 2011

  10. I thought Miles buyout was different between Mich. and any other school. Mich. buyout would be 1.25 or 1.5 and any other school would be the remainder of the contract.

    By chiro19 on Jan 7, 2011

  11. What will you do TCU OR MICHIGAN.?????? The answer is Michigan! Think about it…. Wow TCU to big east in 2012.. Big East is not a tough conference… If I was him I go to the Big 10 You will have to face Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan State ,Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State. IF i was Gary I go to Michigan! The top candidates for me is
    1. Jim Harbaugh
    2. Les Miles
    3. Gary Patterson
    4. Chris Petersen
    5. Mike Bellitto-Oregon old Coach
    6. Jon Gruden
    7. Bill Cowher
    8. just throwing this out here but will never happen Urban Meyer

    They cant get Brady Hoke he has 6 losing season out of 8 come on if michigan is smart you wont hire this guy if they do i turn to a state fan.. they do that i would kept Rich Rod around another year but fire Greg Robinson we need a coach with a spread offense cuz Denard will be bad as a qb with anything else

    By MICHIGAN LOVER on Jan 7, 2011

  12. I’m a long time M-Club member living in Texas. I’d be very happy if UM could hire Gary Patterson. I doubt that Mich could convince him to leave TCU, where fan expectations are relatively lower than UM fans. Coaching in the Big East would be easier than the Big Ten, but GP might relish the challenge! GP could recruit well in Texas. But the UM reputation has been ruined by RichRod–so we cannot assume the job is as attractive as before. Who cares if GP is a control freak? I’m confidant that David Brandon could establish an appropriate working relationship with him. Plus, GP is a Defense Guru–just what we need in our conference. Greg Robinson was pitiful/irresponsible as a defensive coordinator, and should’ve never been hired. Lou Holtz in essence said that on ESPN. If GP can produce a consistent winner at TCU, I believe he could do the same at UM. GP just signed a new contract, so he may be reluctant to back out of it. Brady Hoke concerns me with his overall losing record.

    By John in Texas on Jan 9, 2011

  13. Miles to Michigan. Patterson to LSU.

    By TigerFan on Jan 10, 2011

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