Gary Patterson could serve as a ‘general manager’ to Steve Sarkisian

A big hire could be announced soon this week for second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program. Texas is looking to soon get something done with the former TCU Horned Frogs longtime head coach Gary Patterson. In fact, this could be something that is wrapped up before the end of the week.

It seems like we’ve waited a few months for something to officially get done to add Patterson to this coaching staff. But this is a process that has just played out over the last few weeks. And it could still take another few days at least to work out any details.

But it looks like this process is starting to play out in a multitude of ways. Sark and the Longhorns coaching staff met with Patterson ahead of last weekend to discuss his potential addition to this program. It’s not exactly clear yet what title or the exact role he would have on this staff.

We do know that he would be a key part of the defensive coaching staff, though. Texas likely would not be passing up on either co-defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski or Jeff Choate to bring Patterson on staff.

Texas football and Steve Sarkisian could reportedly have Gary Patterson serve as somewhat of a “general manager” on this staff

It looks like Sark wants more stability than that. But a report from Horns247 on Jan. 10 (paid content) did mention the fact that the Longhorns could bring Patterson on board as a sort of “general manager” to Sark in his second year at the helm as head coach.

This essentially means that Patterson could have his say in the game-planning and personnel throughout camp and the 2022 season. The personnel decisions on the recruiting trail and in terms of targets in the NCAA Transfer Portal are also aspects of Sark’s job this offseason that Patterson could have a hand in.

The guidance that Patterson could provide for the Longhorns, and his knowledge and game-planning abilities in the Big 12 are unmatched to help bolster this defense by really any other defensive mind out there. If Patterson clicks with the rest of this defensive coaching staff, this could be somewhat of a turning point this offseason.

Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12) following a Black Friday win in the regular season finale over the Kansas State Wildcats. Sark and the Longhorns mainly need to right the ship on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. And the addition of Patterson to the defensive staff could help to accomplish that mission.