This verdict will come in the week leading up to Baylor’s Saturday night game, when the Bears will play the Horned Frogs for the first time since their entrance into the Big 12.
Patterson met with TCU’s chancellor and athletic director on Sunday to discuss the indefinite suspension of Pachall, who was suspended after being arrested early Thursday morning under suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
In the midst of the controversy, TCU was forced to play their backup quarterback, redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin.
“He’s a good player,” Baylor head coach Art Briles said of Boykin. “They apparently trust him a bunch to throw the ball that many times that early in his career.”
In his start against Iowa State on Saturday, Boykin completed 23 of 40 passes for 270 yards. He threw one touchdown and three interceptions in then No. 15 TCU’s loss to Iowa State. TCU has since dropped out of the AP Poll rankings.
“The backup, he did pretty good for his first time, but I don’t think it will change the way we play,” junior nickel back Ahmad Dixon said.
According to Briles and his players, the situation at TCU is of no concern to them.
“I try to really stay out of it,” senior receiver Lanear Sampson said. “I’ve kind of heard some of the things that’ve been going on, but at the same time, I kind of can’t really worry about that.”
This controversy may have come at a good time for Baylor. The Bears are coming in to the game against TCU out of a bye-week, so they should be calm, collected, and even more aware on the field.
While, on the other hand, TCU just suffered a huge loss snapping their record-breaking win streak, and are dealing with loads of unwanted public relations attention being poured on to them. On top of that, they have not been able to make a solid decision about who will be throwing the ball for them on Saturday.
“Our whole deal, honestly, is just ourselves,” Briles said. “I think what happens on the other side of the ball, you adjust to. The game’s all about adjustments. That’s what makes it so great.”
Right now, the focus for Baylor is purely internal, giving no attention to the opponent’s problems.
Senior receiver Terrance Williams summed it up best when he said, “If the person’s not wearing green and gold, then we pretty much don’t worry about it. I feel like we do a great job kind of just worrying about us.” -- Savannah Pullin