TCU head coach Gary Patterson will be linked to other jobs that he will ultimately decline, but one of his staff members is being connected with the opening that the Kansas Jayhawks have. TCU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Justin Fuente is reportedly a name to keep an eye on for that Kansas opening. The Kansas fan base -- as does every other in the country -- is clamoring for Mike Leach to be their next head coach. New flash college football fans that need a new head coach: There is only one Mike Leach to go around, and Kansas is not going to be it.
Fuente joined TCU in 2007 as the running backs coach and was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in February 2009 and was behind developing former quarterback Andy Dalton and making the offense an explosive unit. Here is a glimpse of what Fuente was able to do in his first year as co-offensive coordinator:
Fuente helped direct a record-setting 2009 TCU attack. The Horned Frogs established single-season school marks for points scored (498), total offense (5,937 yards), touchdowns (65) and first downs (311).
TCU ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense (239.5 yards per game) and scoring (38.3 points per game) while placing seventh in total offense (456.7 yards per game) and eighth in passing efficiency (154.1).
With overall team success this is what happens to coordinators, they get offers to become a head coach and no one can blame Fuente if he does go to Kansas. However, it may be a bit awkward when they face TCU in the Big 12 in the commingle years.
The Topeka Capital-Journal and the Daily Kansan lists a bunch of other potential candidates who could take the Kansas job.