TCU coach Gary Patterson has been silent to us evil media since his team’s season-ending loss against Baylor on Nov. 30. Busy recruiting, re-making his offensive staff, and his team's offensive philosophy. He's already watching tape of Minnesota, and planned to watch the Texas Tech bowl game.
Gary was nice enough to give me a call for a larger column that will run soon in the Star-Telegram shortly; of the many topics covered in the 45-minute conversation were his comments made immediately after the game against Baylor.
It is not normal GP go off - he's done it maybe three times since he took over as head coach at TCU in December of 2000.
He did it once after his team defeated Texas Tech in 2006, basically calling out the flawed BCS system and it resulted in nation wide attention.
Gary popped a few days after his team lost against SMU in 2011, which he later admitted error and apologized to Ponies coach June Jones.
He is not seeking a do over in regards to his postgame comments after the Baylor game.
He meant what he said.
He ain't apologizing.
He's done with it.
Part of the backlash at Patterson was the timing - Baylor coach Art Briles was coaching the game shortly after learning of the death of his brother. Sorry, when Art coached the game he coached the game, which has zero to do with the personal tragedy that his family endured.
Gary's comments were not about Briles' personal life. They were made about a player - safety Ahmad Dixon's behavior. Gary should have been mad at Dixon's actions during that game.
My only knock wasn't that Gary said it, but rather the timing made him sound like a poor sport who would not have made these comments had his team won. His comments trumped what was a great game.
But you can imagine, as Randy Galloway wrote in November, the Baylor and TCU people will not forget Gary's comments when TCU plays at Baylor on Oct. 11, 2014.
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