GP was still hot about a pair of items stemming from TCU's 40-33 OT loss at home against SMU on Saturday. He's mad at the referees, and at SMU.
Gary took exception to a few things from SMU, so we will start with coach June Jones' post-game comments about how TCU is not hard to prepare for because they never change.
And Gary wasn't too happy with the handful of SMU players who immediately after the game ended on Saturday ran across the field to openly taunt the TCU sidelines.
"June Jones said we never change," GP said. "I think June Jones is 1-8 against TCU since he was at Hawaii (and SMU). I don't think he's changed that much either. ... I don't go there."
Sure you do. Embrace it. From the sounds of it, Gary is done with SMU. Probably June Jones, too.
"Don't look for any help coming from us ever again," GP said. "SMU got a lot of help from us over the last three or four years. They are not going to get any help about a game or a conference; they are going to get no help from Gary Patterson. Don't ask me about anything. We've bent over backwards to help them because that's what I believe in."
Gary mentioned how TCU has provided to SMU examples of how it has built its program, from its academic parameters to other specifics as well. Gary is known to be pretty open to other Texas schools who call and ask for guidance, assistance, etc. What Gary expressed on Tuesday was a man who helped, and then was spit on.
"You didn't hear me say anything in 2005 after they beat us and (then coach) Phil Bennett said 'TC-Who?' All I know is I can name the three losses (he's had against SMU) in 14 years," he said.
Gary also touched on an issue that still lingers around TCU, and most likely a decent amount of Fort Worth, too: the D/FW inferiority complex.
"To be honest with you, a lot of the old alumni remember SMU people who looked down at TCU for a long time. I didn't have that feeling but I do now," he said.
This was not a spur of the moment topic for GP. He obviously had thought about this before he took to the microphone today.
"I know (SMU) is watching and I hope they do," he said. "They know I'm right."
TCU's next football game against SMU is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2012. Really looking forward to it.
Onto the other topic that has GP ticked:
2.) The officiating. He thought it was horrible, and he said as much. This is usually a no-no among coaches, who don't want to risk being fined. Gary didn't care, because he knows he can't be fined.
"I can go down the list. It was a poorly officiated game," GP said.
Gary could probably name six to eight calls that he felt the officiating crew missed that had a direct impact on the outcome of the game.
GP said he was told that an announcement was going to come from Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky that acknolwedged that the officiating crew, which was from CUSA, missed calls. GP said Banowsky called TCU AD Chris Del Conte to say as much on Monday.
"(The announcement) hasn't happened," Patterson said. "It sounds like sour grapes, and it's not. The whole complexion of the game changed. The explanation I got (from the refs during the game) was not good. The bottom line is we all get paid to do our jobs and it was a terrible job."
GP said SMU was the better team, but that the officiating crew who worked this game will never work another game at TCU again. In case you're wondering, don't expect Ken Antee, Ben Young, Steve Fleming, Jerry Harris, Michaely Bailey, Avery Fields or Dan Gautreaux back at Amon G. any time soon.
"I've got their names and they won't come back here again," he said.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Since I was covering the Texas A&M/Arkansas game that afternoon, I did not see this TCU game. Whether GP is right about the refs blowing these calls I don't have any idea. Where I do agree with Gary is this:
"(Referees) that do a great job they're not noticed," he said. "I was a basketball referee all through college, and what I was taught it was not about you."
Referees are mostly a collection of frustrated jocks, no different than sports "journalists". But unlike a sports TV hack, the ref or ump has a direct impact on the game yet their level of accountability is a fraction of the coach, pitcher, quarterback etc. If the media is allowed to grill, second guess and criticize the players/coaches, the officials deserve a similar treatment.
I asked GP if he would have made these comments had his team won the game.
"Yes," he said. "The officiating is still that bad. It's not sour grapes."
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