The news of TCU and Gary Patterson parting ways in the middle of the season caught the college football world off guard. That includes Baylor head coach Dave Aranda, who looked up to Patterson for his defensive prowess.

Aranda and Baylor play TCU this weekend, and the Bears head coach was asked about Patterson’s impact on him. Aranda said that it was an unfortunate situation and recalled how badly he wanted to learn anything he could from Patterson as an up-and-coming defensive coach.

“I heard the news like you guys did yesterday with Coach Patterson,” Aranda said in his press conference. “My heart breaks for him. I can remember coming up as a young coach and finding bootleg videos of Coach Patterson putting in a defense. There was like a five-tape series that was filmed somehow, and I’ve got two tapes. I’m trying to find where the other tapes were at. I had my hotmail account trying to find people that have this and have that. What is this coverage he’s talking about?

“I can remember when, after the Rose Bowl game, when Coach (Chad) Glasgow was talking about the defense. There’s like a Nike something that you have to pay money to get into I didn’t have any money. I was asking my mom for money so I can pay to listen to Coach Patterson talk about their defense. It’s a lot of memories learning ball and learning teaching methods. What to do. What not to do. It’s a sad day. As a coach, you never want to see it, but it’s a part of it.”

All that studying of Patterson seems to have paid off for Aranda. He had successful stints as a defensive coordinator at Hawaii, Utah State, Wisconsin, and LSU before landing the head coachinging position at Baylor.

TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati issued a statement confirming the decision to move on from Patterson and announcing that Jerry Kill will serve as interim head coach.

"The story of Gary Patterson and the rise in the fortunes of the TCU football program over the last 20 years is clearly one of the most remarkable in the history of college football," Donati said in the statement. "We are grateful to Gary and Kelsey Patterson and appreciate everything they have meant to TCU and the Fort Worth community. Under his leadership, TCU has become a nationally recognized brand name in football and in collegiate athletics.

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"Chancellor (Victor) Boschini and I met with Coach Patterson today and mutually agreed that the time has come for a new voice and leadership in our football program. We asked him to continue on as our head coach for the remainder of the season, and take on a different role in 2022, but he believed it was in the team's and TCU's best interests to begin the transition immediately. We respect Coach Patterson's perspective and will move forward in that direction. I've asked Jerry Kill to serve as interim head coach, and he has accepted the role for the remainder of the season. Coach Patterson will assist TCU in the transition to take place."

Chance Linton contributed to this report.