By Stefan Stevenson
Here's audio of TCU coach Gary Patterson from Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The note that ran in Wednesday's Star-Telegram was picked up and rewritten by multiple media outlets. Many tried to turn it into a feud (by perhaps reading something between the lines that wasn't there) between Patterson and LSU coach Les Miles. Many assumed Patterson was criticizing how Miles handles his players. A link to the entire interview is at the bottom of this post.
Patterson talked to several reporters for over 11 minutes. Almost the entirety of the Q&A was devoted to TCU personnel issues and how certain players are doing through the first week of camp. I've selected the three moments of the interview when Patterson was asked (by me, and I add that only for clarification purposes) about TCU defensive end Devonte Fields' status and then later whether Patterson had heard about LSU running back Jeremy Hill being reinstated back on the team.
The questions then turned back to TCU depth chart issues and the departure of linebacker Joel Hasley before I asked Patterson if he had heard about Miles allowing his team to vote Hill back on the team.
As the interview wound down, Patterson offered up, unprompted, how much he respects LSU's program and added the "100 point" line that many have misconstrued as a dig. Those of us listening took Patterson in jest, because that's how it sounded.
I know someone is likely to claim that this audio has been edited to clear Patterson, but I promise the only audio cut was stuff specific to TCU players and performance and would bore 99 out of 100 people, even TCU fans. These three clips contain all he said about LSU after practice Aug. 6.
No. 20 TCU opens the season against No. 13 LSU at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Here's the full 11:32 audio for anyone who is still looking around the grassy knoll. Back and to the left.