Pete Roussel of has been informed that TCU head coach Gary Patterson has now emerged as the leading candidate for the Arkansas head coaching job.

Patterson has been the head coach at TCU since 2000, and TCU just joined the Big 12 this season. Patterson has a 115-33 career record at TCU.

In 2009, Patterson was named Coach of the Year for leading his Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record, but he one-upped himself the very next year by running the table at 13-0 and winning the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin.

Former Ole Miss, Auburn and current Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville has long thought by some to be a leading candidate at Arkansas.

Patterson is a defensive-minded coach, and he would be a terrific hire for the Hogs if this deal were to get done.

But the question still remains: would Patterson actually take the job at Arkansas? It’s easier to win in the Big 12 at TCU than it is at Arkansas, playing the likes of Alabama and LSU every year.


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