TCU trainer Gary Patterson discharged himself at SMU on Tuesday, blaming the Mustangs for a scuffle between the players of the two teams after the game that resulted in a concussion from assistant trainer Jerry Kill.
In particular, Patterson claimed that after their 42:34 victory over the TCU in the 100th Battle of the Iron Pan, the SMU staged an attempt to place their flag in the midfield of the Amon G. Carter Stadium. He believes this directly resulted in Kill being knocked over and jarred.
SMU WR Rashee Rice, who fueled the rivalry with his comments this week, immediately brought the SMU flag into midfield after SMU’s 42-34 win over TCU. There is a little fight. pic.twitter.com/kO0xxpktv9
– Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 25, 2021
“You think it wasn’t planned?” Patterson said about trying to plant flags, according to Star Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas). “They had a media representative from their office who was just in the process of setting the flag in the middle of the field. … A guy (kill) was injured. He was pushed down by our kids in the middle of the movie once, and he was hit because I have the evidence to show it. “
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Per Patterson, Kill was knocked down twice and suffered a concussion, though the former admitted he wasn’t sure who caused him to be knocked down the second time. He also said an SMU player hit him with her helmet.
“I need to find out who the player is who hit Coach Kill with a helmet,” Patterson told reporters after playing the alleged incident. “I’ll find out.”
Below is a video of someone who looks like Kill, although it’s uncertain if it’s the first or second time; no SMU players were there when he fell over.
This * seems * to be the point where Jerry Kill gets knocked down. That’s from the video I took yesterday. You can see a TCU cart in white falling between the C and U on the 45 yard line. Doesn’t look like anyone from the SMU is around him. pic.twitter.com/0KvKo05gUg
– Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 26, 2021
Kill, 60, has epilepsy diagnosed in 2005. He remained the Division I head coach until 2015 when he resigned from Minnesota on health grounds. He reached 107-77 in Division I, split the time between FCS and FBS, but has not had a head coaching appearance since leading the Golden Gophers. Patterson said he was fine and had been back to work since then.
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Even though Patterson didn’t know who was responsible for Kill’s injury, he was happy to blame it.
“I can’t prove it was an SMU or TCU person, but it did,” Patterson said during a press conference Tuesday. “If we hadn’t had the flags, it wouldn’t have happened. OK?”
The coaches double all the time, but in the Patterson case, it came after TCU sporting director Jeremiah Donati assured Patterson would withdraw his comments.
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The SMU just released a statement from AD Rick Hart. It’s long, but here’s a note:
Hart said TCU AD Jeremiah Donati had assured him that Gary Patterson would “decline” his allegations that a player hit Jerry Kill. Patterson added other allegations instead.
Story is coming soon.
– Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 28, 2021
SMU Sporting Director Rick released a long statement in response to Patterson’s claim, part of which was posted online by Star Telegram:
“While Coach Patterson admitted his post-game claim cannot be substantiated, he repeatedly accused our program of hoisting our flag on the field after our win. This is a complete invention, ”says Hart’s statement. “I can clearly say that there was no such plan.
This activity was spontaneous and a result of emotions, ”Hart continued. “To say otherwise is irresponsible and insulting. I will not allow Coach Dykes, our program, or our student athletes to be unjustifiably attacked. Sonny is a great leader and a man of great integrity. “
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Immediately after the game, SMU coach Sonny Dykes condemned the incident but declined to comment on Patterson on Tuesday.
“We don’t want to do that,” said Dykes in the press conference after the game. “Look, there is no one in the world who has more respect for TCU and Gary Patterson, for the way they ran this program and how long they lived here – there is no one in the world who does more Has respect than me. And if that happened, it shouldn’t have happened.
“I feel bad for that. I apologize. … I hope (the flag planting) didn’t happen, but if it does we will make sure it doesn’t happen again. As I said, this is certainly not out Disrespect for the TCU. Our players feel the same as I do. “
Dykes spent the 2017 season as an assistant on Patterson’s staff, so Patterson was annoyed that the athletic directors had to interfere and Dykes did not speak to him personally. Patterson said he was ready to leave the incident behind and remain friends with Dykes.
Patterson is in his 22nd season at TCU, going all times 180-75. He has had 12 seasons in which his team finished in the top 25, including six top 10 finishes. He has six conference titles with him. Dykes is in his fourth year at SMU, where he is 26-13 years old and 67-58 years old, as the head coach.