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Reactions to Gary Patterson and Micah Hudson at the Big 12 Media Days

LAS VEGAS – TCU’s Sonny Dykes is among those who find it odd to see Gary Patterson wearing a Baylor outfit this fall.

Baylor brought Patterson on as a consultant in the offseason. Patterson was the head coach of the rival Frogs for 21 years before he and TCU severed ties eight games into the 2021 season.

Dykes succeeded Patterson as TCU’s head coach and agreed that it might take some time to get used to seeing Patterson in green and gold.

“Yeah, (it’ll be) different. I saw him last year when he was at Texas,” Dykes said. “But yeah, definitely different. That’s part of the evolution of college football. It just is what it is. I think when you look at all of that, you say there’s been some weird things happening in college football. In just two years, we’re talking about what players are going to make. So nothing surprises me in college football anymore.”

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After a dismal 3-9 season for Baylor in 2023, head coach Dave Aranda said he would take over defensive game management duties for the 2024 season.

Defense is also Patterson’s strength, which leads Dykes to believe Baylor could be quite strong on that side of the ball.

“Gary is clearly going to do a great job. He’s a really, really good football coach,” Dykes said. “Dave Aranda is one of the best defensive coaches in the country, and I think those two guys together will have a chance to do something great.”

TCU and Baylor will face each other on November 2nd in Waco.

When asked if Patterson’s presence would add new momentum to the rivalry between Baylor and TCU, Dykes chuckled and said, “I think the rivalry is already pretty big.”

Techs Hudson to start immediately

Don’t expect Micah Hudson to spend much time on the bench in Lubbock.

Texas Tech’s true freshman receiver from Lake Belton was the top-ranked recruit in the Red Raiders’ signing class and one of the top-ranked players in the country, and all indications are that he’s living up to his expectations.

“You’ll see Micah Hudson in the first week,” Tech coach Joey McGuire said. “A couple of coaches have talked about him being a generational player. He’s really special. He’s extremely athletic.”

Hudson (6-1, 195) was a powerhouse as a senior at Lake Belton last year, earning District 5-5A MVP and first-team all-Super Centex honors while hauling in 70 catches for 1,353 yards and 18 touchdowns.

WATCH: At Big 12 Media Days on July 9, 2024, Joey McGuire talks about his fancy clothes and also what he’s looking for in the transfer portal.



Gillespie to Midway makes sense, says Dykes

It was no surprise to TCU’s Sonny Dykes when his former defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie returned to high school football as the new head coach at Midway.

Even college coaches have a deep love for high school sports.

“Joe can coach wherever he wants,” Dykes said. “I think Joe probably felt his calling was in high school, he was a high school coach for a long time. I think he was excited — like me — to get back to the state of Texas. He didn’t really want to leave, and I think the opportunity in Waco just kind of presented itself, and I think he’s going to do a great job there.”

“Joe is someone who cares about young people and wants to make them better, so I think he believes he can make a big difference as a high school coach.”

Gillespie, 53, served as the Frogs’ defensive coordinator for two seasons and helped TCU reach the CFP national championship game in the 2022 season. He worked as an assistant coach in Tulsa from 2015 to 2021.

But as Dykes indicated, Gillespie’s roots lie in Texas high school football, where he spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Stephenville, followed by a six-year tenure as head coach of the Yellow Jackets.

Oklahoma State’s Gordon will not be suspended after drunk driving arrest

Reigning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and Doak Walker Award winner Ollie Gordon II will not be suspended following his drunken driving arrest last week, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days.

“I apologize for my behavior and the mistakes I made,” Gordon said. “It was not good. Every mistake has consequences and I want to apologize to my family and my team. I hope I can rebuild a good relationship with all of them.”

Gordon was arrested on June 30 for driving under the influence after police observed him driving nearly 20 miles over the 65 mph speed limit and weaving between lanes, according to a police report viewed by ESPN.

His blood alcohol level was 0.11 or 0.10, which is 0.02 over the legal limit in Oklahoma.

“He made a terrible mistake that got off lightly because nobody was hurt,” Gundy said. “Everyone should look in the mirror and ask themselves, ‘Have I done this before and not gotten caught? Have I ever had 2 or 3 beers and driven a car before?’ Think about that for a minute and don’t start throwing a bunch of rocks through glass windows.

“I want him to understand the seriousness of the situation and I think he does.”

Gordon was one of the most dominant running backs in the country last season, rushing for over 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns, making him the nation’s top running back. Last week, he was named preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

Once media days are over, Gundy said he considers the matter closed from a football perspective, giving Gordon the opportunity to avoid having to face the music this week in Las Vegas.

“I felt like I should come because it wouldn’t be fair to my teammates or my coaches to be here and answer questions when I should be,” Gordon said.