The Associated Press announces Texas Christian University's football coach Gary Patterson as the college football coach of the year.
Texas Christian University's football coach Gary Patterson made football history at this season. First he led his Horned Frogs to a 12-0 record which is the best record in 70 years. Then Coach Gary Patterson got his team to its first BCS game and finally is named Associated Press collegiate coach of the year.
Coach Gary Patterson is the first head coach to win this award from a non BCS conference. Coach Patterson guided his team to their first Mountain West Conference title and gave them a chance to play in their first national championship game as well.
Coach Patterson received 21 votes from the Associated Press college football poll panel. Gary Patterson beat out former Cincinnati Bearcats' football head coach Brian Kelly, Alabama's Nick Saban, Oregon's Chip Kelly and Boise State's Chris Peterson.
Gary is 85-27 at TCU and led the Horned Frogs to five seasons in which the team won 11 games. Gary Patterson signed a contract extension through 2016. The TCU Horned Frogs will play the Boise State Broncos in the Fiesta Bowl on January 4.