Yeah, because all of that is exactly the same thing.When the “organization” told me I didn’t need to get on the bus because they were not renewing my contract - I still thanked my manager, pitching coach, etc and said goodbye to my now former teammates- they didnt fire me
But I damn sure was fired
by Richard JusticeEx-TCU coach Gary Patterson's move to Austin is a script only the deep-pocketed and dysfunctional Longhorns could write.www.texasmonthly.com
When it comes to sheer rubbernecking entertainment value, the Longhorns are lapping the field. In this latest installment of the saga, Patterson has agreed to join the Longhorns as a special assistant to Sarkisian, the head football coach. In reality, Patterson is being asked to save UT athletic director Chris Del Conte’s butt.
Around this time last year, Del Conte, who worked with Patterson when both were at TCU, finished a $79 million transaction in which he fired Tom Herman and replaced him with Sarkisian, then an Alabama assistant coach. (For those counting at home, that’s about $24 million to buy out Herman and his coaching staff, plus Sarkisian’s six-year, $34.2 million deal, plus around $21 million in total salary for Sark’s assistants.)
Sarkisian promptly engineered one of the most embarrassing seasons the Forty Acres has ever seen—which is pretty impressive for a program whose recent history has been largely defined by underachieving. In the past twelve seasons, UT has managed only one finish better than nineteenth in the AP rankings.
From a practical viewpoint, Patterson can provide two elements Texas badly needs. First, he’s one of the finest defensive minds in college football. His 4-2-5 setup with two linebackers and five defensive backs is copied in some form by virtually every team. And if teams typically reflect their head coach, the Longhorns would do well to reflect a little of Gary Patterson. When he had TCU rolling, the team’s toughness and consistent effort were the gold standard almost every other program measured itself against.
Patterson does not tolerate fools. At times, he doesn’t tolerate much of anyone. But he’s a great, proven coach, and he loves what he does. TCU fired him after an October loss to Kansas State, but Patterson still showed up the following week to help his former coaches construct a game plan for Baylor.
As special assistant, Patterson won’t be an official member of the coaching staff. That is, he won’t be stepping onto the practice field to, you know, coach players. Will he serve in more of advisory role? Was he given a perch to wait, before eventually taking over as defensive coordinator? Is Patterson UT’s insurance policy at head coach, in case the Longhorns flop again under Sarkisian?
Patterson’s strength during two decades at TCU was a strong-willed, hands-on approach that, at times, put players, staff, and administrators on edge. Perhaps that kind of hard coaching can have diminishing returns over time, but right now, it’s difficult to name any college football program in the nation that needs a kick in the butt more than Texas.
When the “organization” told me I didn’t need to get on the bus because they were not renewing my contract - I still thanked my manager, pitching coach, etc and said goodbye to my now former teammates- they didnt fire me
But I damn sure was fired
I’ll answer my opinion…if you’re asked to move to second base and you’re a shortstop and you refuse then you quit. If you’re a shortstop and they ask you to become a groundskeeper then they fired you.If the manager asked you to change positions or they no longer had a spot for you but you declined to change positions, did you quit or get fired?
There are two perspectives to look at this situation from. One is from the perspective of somebody who understands what it’s actually like on the inside of a major sports team/program. The other is from the perspective of a jock-sniffer fan viewpoint where none of those guys on the field are real people with real relationships. And it is pretty much that binary. You don’t have to have been inside the machine to recognize and see that’s the situation. You just have to be a rational human who can realize what they all have gone through together.Actually it is pretty much- he showed up for the guys he loved and supported because it was more important
If you don’t get that - probably says more about you than GP
Probably because everyone compares the track record of Saban to the UT head coaches.curious why no one writes these articles about Saban when he is the king of the Special Asst of the HC....
GP didn’t work at McDonaldsbeen fired twice and in each time we had to turn in our keys, swipe cards, and badges so to get back in the offices we would have to go past security
if they let you hang around a week after you got "fired' you didn't get fired like the rest of the working world
Was GP planning on retiring this year? No he wasntinteresting how this story line has gone from they parted ways mutually, to gary quit before he got hired, to know tcu straight up fired gary
Was GP planning on retiring this year? No he wasnt
So there was no parting ways and only the ADJD propaganda machine and his golf buddies were ever trying to make it sound like it was anything other than a firing
You don't get fired at McDonald's and be allowed behind the counter the next day.GP didn’t work at McDonalds
Senior Executives “leave to pursue other opportunities after a transition period” every day- because it takes longer than 5 mins to hand over the keys when you are more than a desk jockey
What does GP not being able to turn it around have to do with your argument he wasn’t fired?so gary wasn't going to retire, thought he and the staff of his choice could turn this around, was going to ride this into the ground but the admins got it all wrong?
When you are a nobody and screw up - they send the security guard to escort you outYou don't get fired at McDonald's and be allowed behind the counter the next day.
It was a parting. GP was asked to do certain things, he declined, so they agreed to "part ways." GP was allowed to stay part of the program through the end of the season, helping game plan Baylor and greeting seniors in the tunnel on Senior Day. Period.