TCU football coach Gary Patterson considers New Mexico coach Rocky Long a close friend.
The two have enjoyed golfing together before, but have traded comments about the scheduling of Saturday's season opener between the Horned Frogs and Lobos.
"Coach Long stated that we wanted to play at this time and they wanted to play at Thanksgiving,'' Patterson said during Monday's weekly media luncheon. "That would not necessarily be true. I don't think anybody wants to play their first conference game anytime to open the season. The choice was to give them two weeks off before they played us on Thanksgiving, or have the same amount of time to have preparation for this first ballgame."
Long told the Desert News in Salt Lake City "it wasn't our choice" and acknowledged they wanted to play Thanksgiving Day. A look at the schedules basically confirms what Patterson said: The Lobos face Colorado State on Nov.15, and would've had 11 days to prepare for TCU, while the Horned Frogs would get four days of prep.
Patterson said he's looking forward to returning to New Mexico, where he was the defensive coordinator and safeties coach from 1996-1997. He loved the town, the fans and knows it will be a great environment.
"I'm fired up about getting yelled at,'' Patterson said.