TCU coach Gary
Patterson is a known music fan. And Horned Frog fans know the guitar-strumming
coach has often played music at practices during his 12-year tenure.
San Antonio Express-News reporter Tim Griffin was surveying Big 12 coaches' use of music during Tuesday’s teleconference and asked Patterson about it.
doing it for years, especially early, before practice, when the kids come out to get them energized and ready to go,” Patterson said. “We do it quite a bit for
crowd noise. People have to communicate with their hands. It plays a big part. Late
in practice we keep it in the background to kind of kill the monotony but it’s
not loud enough that you can’t do your teamwork and do all the things you need
Patterson credits music with keeping spirits high during the grind of August camp or in the middle of the season. But if the practice isn’t going well, he’ll turn it off. Imagine the sound of a needle being ripped off a vinyl record. (What’s a vinyl record? Here's a picture for you kids.)
That’s the effect music being stopped can have during a practice if he doesn’t like what he’s seeing. It's happened a couple times the last four years.
“If we’re not getting done what we need to get done then we just don’t have any,” he said. “It’s kind of a reward. I think you have to find ways to get through a grind of a season. For us, through the years, it has helped us with success, I think.”
Before practice, as players makes their way to the field to stretch, the playlist is more current with songs his players are probably more familiar with. During practice, it’s Patterson’s picks, with classic rock staples such as Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down, Guns N' Roses' Welcome to the Jungle and Trooper’s Raise a Little Hell.
“If I play anything during practice I play my music, so at least I’m happy,” he said.
Do they ever complain about your choices, Griffin asked?
“Oh, yeah. But
that’s part of life,” Patterson said. “But you’d be really surprised. There are
a lot of kids that like country and like the old rock and roll. I try to keep
both sides happy.”