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It is appearing that Briles and Patterson will be at their respective universities for the long-term. If so, who do you like (considering they're both probably Top 10 coaches in the country)?
1. Patterson has the benefit of having been at the job longer, with a longer track record of success, and a rebuilt fanbase. Briles has the benefit of Baylor being in the Big XII longer, having enjoyed the benefits and credibility of being in a prestige conference...and he has momentum on his side.
2. Patterson is one of the best defensive minds in the country. Briles is one of the best offensive minds in the country (plus Briles has a very high profile coordinator to bolster the defensive side of the ball).
3. Patterson coaches at a school located in a great city, with tons of talent, potential media exposure and corporate support. Briles coaches at a school in a much smaller town, but with a personality to match...how much is Fort Worth an advantage over Waco, if at all?
4. Patterson and Briles are both outstanding at finding "diamonds in the rough". Which coach will be better at coaching the blue chippers that both programs are now attracting?
I'm not sure who is a better coach, but having them both at the 2 private schools in the Big XII for the long term may be one of the biggest factors in keeping the Big XII stable and viable for the long-term.
I will just add that I am so happy we can have this discussion. You have laid out a very intriguing debate that we will argue for years.
Mini Art Briles can defeat Ditka, so I am not worried about Patterson.
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Much rather have Briles because he is much cooler and it is much more exciting to have one of the best offenses in the country.
Solid point. The best thing about great defenses are their reliability...traditionally great defenses beat great offenses. (However
The best thing about great offenses is that they're fun to watch. Tech signficantly built its fanbase during the Leach years...and most of those new fans still seem to be around.
as much as i'd like to see TCU suck (because i HATE their fans) it's really good for the Big 12 to have them be good. the strength of our conference, right now, is that it's got so much depth. maybe you can't have both of these (depth + strength at the top), but if we can pull it off, then the SECSECSEC will be looking up at us.
I hear you. For the good of Baylor's conference, I want TCU as good as possible, as long as they are still looking up at us.
I'm glad we've got Art and they've got Patterson.
Good post Boxster. A strong BU and TCU will keep Texas players from crossing the Red River.
And from heading to Austin....kinda like the 4 star RB Hicks TCU stole from CowU yesterday.
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As am I...but I'm sure TCU would say just the opposite, as they should.
Patterson had developed this reputation for running this ultra-clean program with high performing teams alongwith high graduation rates...but after the publicity of the last year, now that bloom is off the rose.
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