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SI: Outside of football, how has TCU grown while you've been there?
GP: I think the whole university's trying to win a national championship. When you go from 4,000 applications to almost 20,000 in 15 years—for only 1,800 students—you're getting a little bit accomplished as far as people understanding who TCU is. My job in all that is to try to win football games.
SI: How does the move to the Big 12 help that?
GP: We've got a chance to be the destination place in the Big 12. You can watch the Rangers on a Wednesday, play great golf, go shopping at the Galleria, then watch the TCU game on Saturday and the Cowboys on Sunday. The [Dallas--Fort Worth] Metroplex is just a great place.
SI: DID YOU GET ANY INPUT INTO THE NEW UNIFORMS?
GP: I JUST SAW THEM ON MY DESK ONE MORNING. MY NOSE HAS BEEN DOWN; I'VE GOT ENOUGH GOING ON. I JUST KNOW WE WON'T LET THEM STEP OUT OF THE TUNNEL WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN PURPLE, WHITE OR BLACK.
SI: You're one victory away from becoming TCU's alltime wins leader. Are you looking forward to that?
GP: It's a great honor. But with us going into the Big 12 and everything else, to me it's kind of overshadowed. Hopefully we can break that record in the first game against Grambling. But there's just so much left for us to do.