Coaching rumors: Texas A&M expected to have interest in TCU’s Gary Patterson

Texas A&M is expected to go after some big names for its next head coach this offseason, and TCU’s Gary Patterson is one of them.

The Aggies are reportedly preparing to move on from coach Kevin Sumlin at the end of the year. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports Texas A&M will have interest in some high-profile coaches, including Patterson.

From ESPN Insider:

Don’t be surprised if the school kicks the tires on TCU’s Gary Patterson, Washington’s Chris Petersen, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and former Oregon coach Chip Kelly. Of that group, Patterson seems like the most realistic option, as Texas A&M wants a coach with Texas ties.

Texas A&M may be shooting a little too high if it tries to land any of those coaches. Two of them (Fisher, Swinney) have won national championships at their current programs. Kelly nearly won one at Oregon in 2010. Patterson and Petersen are both coaching current playoff contenders and have little reason to leave, especially at their age.

Rittenberg also mentioned some current and former NFL coaches as possibilities for the Aggies.

Patterson has already been loosely connected by fans or media to a couple jobs in the SEC, including Tennessee and Florida. While he makes a point to never totally rule out taking another job, he’s made it pretty clear that he is happy where he is.

“When you’re married – the best way to handle marriage is to act like you’re still dating every day,” he said. “If you take it for granted on either side then it turns out wrong. When it comes to coaching, I’ve never said never, because I’ve never liked the guys who said, ‘This is my home, this is my last job,’ and they left. But look at my actions.”

Patterson is in his 17th season as TCU’s head coach. He has a 157-55 overall record.

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