In 2012, here in Texas, it’s a Frog-eat-Frog world.
As released exclusively on Fox Sports Southwest on Thursday night, TCU coach Gary Patterson is on the cover of the 2012 edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the 53rd edition of “the Bible of Texas football.”
The big reason: change. The state of Texas’ football scene is going through an enormous amount of change right now, and perhaps no team illustrates that more than Patterson’s Horned Frogs. From jumping to the Big 12 after years in second-tier conferences, to the massive renovation going on at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, to the change that Patterson has overseen in bringing TCU to the top, TCU’s story is change, and it embodies what the state is going through.
Of course, Patterson’s Frogs are not alone in this, and he’s not alone on the cover. He’s joined by new Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, who leads the Aggies into the SEC for the first time, and UTSA coach Larry Coker and Texas State coach Dennis Franchione, who lead their respective squads to the FBS level.
Overall, Texas is a state of change in 2012, and that’s captured on the cover of the 2012 edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
Patterson joins Texas Football history
Gary Patterson is the first coach to be the solo main image of a Dave Campbell’s Texas Football cover since 1993, when Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum was our coverboy.
Patterson becomes the 15th college coach to be on the cover of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football¸ joining Texas’ Darrell Royal (1963 and 1974), Baylor’s Grant Teaff (1975), Houston’s Bill Yeoman (1976), TCU’s Jim Wacker (1985), Texas A&M’s Jackie Sherrill (1986), Texas’ David McWilliams (1987), Houston’s Jack Pardee (1989), SMU’s Forrest Gregg (1989), Texas Tech’s Spike Dykes (1990 and 1996), Texas A&M’s R.C. Slocum (1993 and 1996), Baylor’s Chuck Reedy (1996), Texas’ John Mackovic (1996), Texas’ Mack Brown (1998 and 1999) and TCU’s Dennis Franchione (1999).
Order your copy today
The 2012 edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football will begin to hit shelves across Texas on June 21, but your best bet to get your piece of Texas history is to pre-order it on TexasFootball.com. By pre-ordering online, you ensure that your magazine will be sent directly to your residence.
Chat with the editors
Have a question for the editors about the cover, the magazine or anything else? Managing editor Travis Stewart and associate editor Greg Tepper will be chatting live with readers on TexasFootball.com at 1 p.m. Central.