29 other posters (and growing) agree with me. Seems that you are in the minority, sir.
The time to address the attendance issue isn't a few days before the game; rather, it is in the months leading up to it. That was my point, and it is either ignored by, or completely lost on, Gary Patterson. He cares more about secrecy and locking down the program than he does about building fan engagement and excitement.
He isn't infallible, and for whatever reason, he thinks the edge gained by locking down the program is more advantageous than the edge gained by having more fans in the stands. They absolutely have an inverse relationship, and any P5 coach worth his salt knows it. If you lock down the program and limit access, you lose fans. Period. You lose on the field, then you lose even more fans. Period.
He is engaged with big donors, yes. But the empty seats aren't empty because of missing loyal fans. No, they are empty because he (and the Athletics Department in general) have utterly failed to sell the programs to the DFW area. You need casual fans to fill the stands, and between the exorbitant ticket prices, terrible game-day atmosphere, and lack of marketing in the area, TCU has failed to motivate casual fans.
If the buck doesn't stop with him, then where does it stop?
I don't know. Maybe it stops with the Band Leader who chooses to have more Xylophones than Tubas. I mean, what football fan doesn't love a good Xylophone solo on Saturday at 12:30 pm, in 95 degree weather! Nothing gets my heart pumping more, I can tell you that!
for some reason in a forum on a message board to discuss something as simple as the lack of marketing efforts by someone(s) in the tcu athletic department is viewed as wanting to tear down the program, anti-gary, and heaven forbid a recruit read this instead of, i don't know, actually coming to a game, looking around and noticing empty seats.
what we know is that at one time, tcu actively marketed the program to the community, had the whole home town thing going, had the frog alley etc....and then things changed.
sure cdc is gone, drew went to austin with cdc, the frogs aren't winning double digit number of games on a regular basis, but more importantly what was the marketing campaign this year to get people back to the stadium? what are they doing before the games to celebrate the return of frog football?
the math is pretty simple, to fill that stadium the frogs are going to have to sell not to frog alums, but the community as well and it sure seems as if that idea isn't consistent with the athletic department