FAYETTEVILLE There have been plenty of rumblings about Gary Patterson and Arkansas the past several days.

So what does the TCU coach think about them?

Patterson was asked about rumors connected him to the Arkansas job during the Big 12 teleconference on Monday morning. His response: "I don't think there's anything to that."

What does that mean? There are a variety of ways someone could read into that simple response, which is what happens with coaching searches. I'm sure it's happening now and will continue. But the reality: What else is a coach supposed to say at this point with two games remaining in the season?

TCU is coming off a 23-10 loss to Kansas State and has an open week. The Horned Frogs close the season at Texas (Nov. 22) and at Oklahoma (Dec. 1).

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has said several times he doesn't plan to speak to prospective candidates about the job until after the regular season.

Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau