FORT WORTH, Texas – One year after carefully calculating and crafting his comments towards SMU and coach June Jones a few days after an overtime loss in Fort Worth, TCU head coach Gary Patterson was a changed man on Tuesday afternoon.
“If I was going to do the press conference over again last year, what I would tell you after watching film is SMU kicked our butts. Both sides of the ball,” GP said. "One thing I wouldn't take back is the (comments) on the officiating. After that whole situation I don’t think I ever got an apology or (they’d) said they didn’t do a very good job. We will leave it at that."
TCU plays at SMU at 6 p.m. in Dallas on Saturday night.
Patterson is specifically talking about the Conference USA officiating crew that worked the 40-33 OT SMU win against TCU. As for the rest of those pointed words GP had for SMU one year ago, he sounds like a man who realizes he did not mean it. He was just mad his team had lost.
"In this world, wins and losses is what keep our jobs, but in the end it's what kind of person you are," GP said. "For us, there are a lot of Dallas and SMU people that have been good to us here. I've talked to a lot of them in the last 365 days. No matter what they say or how they do it, I'm in a position where you are supposed to act better. At least for three hours on game day. I can't make any promises on game day."
He also added: "If I'm going to be the person I'm going to be and I'm going to teach young people I have to act right, too. It's as simple as that. I'm still not taking back what I said about the officials."
Despite the calm feelings, GP does not sound like a guy who is just dying to play SMU in the future. TCU lists SMU as a future opponent through 2016, but one source said this series is contractually signed for eight more seasons. That's the way it should be.
Unless a school breaks a contract it's not as if the Iron Skillet series is going to go away any time soon. Gary said he did not know the particulars of the contract.
"I don't know," GP said when I asked him if he wants to continue the series. "You have to sit down and look at how you do your whole non-conference schedule, not just SMU. How are you going to adjust your whole non-conference schedule."
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