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No Bad Blood: Gary Patterson 'Very Welcomed Addition' for Dave Aranda

July 10, 2024
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After 20-plus years as the head coach at rival TCU and a brief stint in Austin with Steve Sarkisian, Gary Patterson has landed in Waco to join Dave Aranda’s Baylor staff as a senior-level strategic consultant.

The news of Patterson’s arrival came as Aranda made a flurry of offseason changes after the Bears finished 3-9 in 2023. Patterson has and will continue to spend most of his time behind the scenes but brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Baylor’s defense, aiding Aranda, who has seen his own role change drastically. 

“Gary [Patterson] has been a very welcomed addition; he’s been a strong advocate for us,” Aranda told 365Sports at Big 12 Media Days on Wednesday.

“When you sit down with him, he’s so smart. He sees everything. Once he trusts you, he’ll tell you what he’s feeling and seeing. I’m very much appreciative of that, and I know our staff has been. There’s been a fair amount of schemes and things that he’s used [in the past] that we’re making our own.”

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Dave Aranda was the defensive coordinator for LSU’s 2019 National Championship team. 

While Patterson isn’t an on-field coach, and his interaction is limited compared to a position coach, his relationship with the players is having a direct impact.

“With Gary Patterson coming in, he’s helped the safeties a lot,” sophomore defensive back Carl Williams IV told 365Sports. “Talking it up with him is always good. He is just helping us try and get better.”

Sixth-year senior linebacker Matt Jones has also been impressed by Patterson, noting his attention to detail as something off the charts.

“I’ve talked to Aranda about things that Gary has talked to him about, such as what he sees and what needs to be fixed,” Jones told 365Sports. “And then it's just like, how do you see those things? He has a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge. This past spring, I think every time he would come to talk to me about a play or something, every time I would learn something new.”

This offseason, Aranda became the de facto defensive coordinator and play-caller, working alongside second-year defensive coordinator Matthew Powledge. The move out of the CEO head coach role to focus on the defense was one of many moves Aranda made after Baylor’s 3-9 season, a campaign that firmly put the fifth-year head coach on the hot seat.

Adding Patterson allows Aranda to brainstorm with his new assistant over game plans, practice schedules and scouting reports, among other things, while having a backup to help oversee the unit.

“Defensively, Gary is someone, where if it’s 10 p.m., and I’m working on something, I can call Gary and he’s working on something too – he never stops,” Aranda said. “You can ask him questions and his perspective on ‘Hey Dave, do this’ or ‘Hey Dave, I saw this’ or ‘You might want to look at this,’ I’m so appreciative of that. When I go into these [film studies], I know Gary can meet me there.”

For the Baylor fans who can’t fathom seeing Patterson walk the sidelines in the green and gold this season, Aranda confirmed that the plan for the long-time TCU head coach is to not be present on Saturdays.

“Gamedays, our plan for him is not to be there,” Aranda said. “Part of that was his decision. He didn’t want to be there and be a distraction. During prep time and everything [throughout the week], he’ll be very involved.”

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No Bad Blood: Gary Patterson 'Very Welcomed Addition' for Dave Aranda

6,701 Views | 15 Replies | Last: 9 days ago by TideSicem
Dia del DougO
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I wish Gary continued success in the Baylor-TCU football series.
"The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool."
BearlyBeloved
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I expect GP will quickly appear upstairs at McLane. That will be out of sight, and not on the sidelines.
BBWCBear
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I'm still not convinced this will work and I'll always have a bad feeling about it. Something, not good, is bound to happen.
Golden Helmet
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Illogical that he wouldn't be in the press box conveying what he's seeing and helping with game time adjustments.

Not fully utilizing a valuable asset.
ImwithBU
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Again feel what you want to feel about GP, but dude has an eye for talent and is one hell of a coach. If guys are willing to switch positions (he does this alot) they will be respectable defensively
Jacques Strap
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Patterson is a very good coach and very competitive. He wants to win.

Regardless of the side he is on he wants his side to win.
SoonerFrogs
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BBWCBear said:

I'm still not convinced this will work and I'll always have a bad feeling about it. Something, not good, is bound to happen.
can it get much worse than last year???
Big12Fan2024
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I fully expect to see Patterson on the sidelines by about the first week in November, maybe earlier if the first portion of the season goes as poorly as I suspect it will.
Porteroso
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Someone who knows something is exactly what this coaching staff needs. All is fair game in the name of winning at football. If Hitler showed up at the gates of hell with a really good inverse Hail Mary I'd go over and take notes and send them to Aranda, we are that desperate. Patterson in a sky box isn't a blip on the moral radar.
dougl999
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Just say no.

Many on Trump's list for VP also have short memories.
PartyBear
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Is there a reason why some of y'all dont realize these are all professional decisions. No one is on the staff at Baylor, TCU, Texas or anywhere because they are some dyed in the wool fan of the school, unless they happen to also be an alum that may be the only exception and even then they are there to make alot of money off their alma mater's program as well and would gladly jump somewhere else for a higher position to move up the ladder. Incidentally Patterson is a KSU alum whatever love he has for that program has never shown when he has games against them.
Robert Wilson
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Golden Helmet said:

Illogical that he wouldn't be in the press box conveying what he's seeing and helping with game time adjustments.

Not fully utilizing a valuable asset.
I agree. Dude is a great defensive-minded football coach. Silly to not have him present on Saturdays. Look at the quotes from the players regarding how much they learn from him. Can't see how he'd be more of a distraction than an asset. Some of our fans are silly (especially on message boards), but come game day everyone is just going to want to win.
BearlyBeloved
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It should be no sweat for Baylor fans to accept GP's help.
RightRevBear
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BearlyBeloved said:

It should be no sweat for Baylor fans to accept GP's help.



I will accept his help while also realizing he is probably still a poor loser and unprofessional. If he is in the coaches boxes it will help Baylor save on towel laundering expenses.
TideSicem
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Glad to have GP. He is a brilliant football mind. If we even have moderate talent in the def side we should be a very effective unit. Would not even be surprised to see us allowing under 20 ppg
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