Patterson joins the “ESPN car wash”


Head coach Gary Patterson will travel to the ESPN headquarters in Connecticut to participate in what is known as the “ESPN car wash” Friday, a series of shows that includes “Mike & Mike in the Morning,” “SportsCenter,” and “College Football Live.”

He will be making the trip during the Frogs’ first bye week. Patterson said the bye week was well-deserved after going 11-0 in 11 straight weeks.

In a week where TCU dropped in the USA Today and AP polls but not the BCS standings following a 40-35 win against San Diego State, Patterson’s first announcement at his weekly media luncheon had nothing to do with BCS rankings, ESPN or how his team played.

The first thing Patterson mentioned was that offensive line coach Eddie Williamson had been released from the hospital. Williamson had a stent put in after suffering a heart attack during the first quarter of Saturday’s game. Patterson said it was unclear whether Williamson would travel to Albuquerque, N.M., Nov. 27 for the season finale against New Mexico, but Williamson would see a doctor to determine if he would travel.

Patterson did talk about how he felt that his team fell one spot behind Boise State in the polls.

“The thing that’s always frustrating to me is that if you’re not watching, nobody saw the game, just saw the final score, they wouldn’t know anything about it,” Patterson said.

He also explained why the Frogs and Boise State should be in the same consideration as every other team.

“I think that Boise and TCU both have proven over the last five years that no matter what conference you play in, if you can play at a high level, you should be given the same satisfaction as [other teams],” he said.

TCU is scheduled to play Texas Tech and Baylor next year, as well as Virginia, LSU and Oklahoma in the next few years. Patterson said this is a testament that TCU would play anybody, which is another reason he said TCU should be considered among the other teams. Patterson also discussed the renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium and the west side implosion that will be the same day that ESPN plans to announce the BCS bowl selections on Dec. 5.

“Just look at what Fort Worth has developed into,” he said. “It’s still Fort Worth and people are still the same, but we just keep making it better.”