TCU head coach Gary Patterson is calling out LSU head ball coach Les Miles for his handling of running back Jeremy Hill's suspension/non-suspension for a laundry list of items. It looks like the Tigers' most explosive offensive/stupid player will play for the Tigers against the Horned Frogs later this month.
Miles said Hill is back from a three-month suspension because the team voted him back. That's weird. A really talented kid who can play is wanted back his teammates ... who knew?
A few months ago, Patterson suspended his best defensive player, defensive end Devonte Fields, two games for a violation of team rules. Patterson told the Star-Telegram yesterday:
“My whole team would vote Devonte to be back on the team because they all want to win. That doesn’t teach life lessons.”
He continued: "I’m sure if it was some opponent they’d beat by 100 points [the players] wouldn’t have a vote. It’s not my worry. I’ve got to play whoever they put on the field.”
Gary is dead on about this. Alas, however, he may want to check the mirror.
It was just about one year ago when he elected not to suspend his best player, quarterback Casey Pachall, after it was revealed he did any number of "things" that could easily have warranted a suspension. We all know how this ended.
Reading about Jeremy Hill, the dude sounds like a dope. Two misdemeanor charges in 18 months; a sucker punch at a bar and a "guilty plea to a charge of carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl, stemming from an incident in December 2010 when he was at Redemptorist High School."
Jeremy Hill is not the first dummy Les Miles has had to handle before; from Jordan Jefferson to Honey Badger, the grass-eating coach has suspended, or not suspended, guys regularly. The same for Gary, although not as often; from Pachall to the weed dealers, to Aaron Brown (violation of team rules) to Tommy Blake (where to begin?).
All major Division I coaches have to deal with knuckleheads, and each has to navigate the impossibility of fairness, life lessons and the most important thing of them all - winning and keeping your eight-figure salary.
Selfishly, I appreciate Gary's comments because it provides wonderful fodder and adds to the hype of the game. I also can't imagine he meant the comments the way they are portrayed because he's been where Les is standing right now, and he's made similar slippery-sloped decisions.
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