TCU football coach Gary Patterson lashed out at SMU on Tuesday and promised to sever communication with the school for a perceived slight by Mustangs coach June Jones and a comment by receiver Darius Johnson.
"SMU people have been looking down at TCU people for a long time," Patterson said. "The older [fans] and alumni around here had a certain feeling about SMU. I didn't have that feeling, but I'm getting it."
Patterson was upset by comments Jones made to The Dallas Morning News before the Mustangs' 40-33 overtime victory on Saturday in the "Battle for the Iron Skillet."
"They don't change, they stay and make people adjust to them," Jones said. "They might do one thing new a game for you, but they're going to do what they do and they're going to beat you. That's their attitude."
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Patterson took it as a dig from Jones, as if the Frogs were predictable.
"He hasn't changed much either," Patterson said. "But I don't go there. All we do here is try to help SMU. At some point in time we were going to get beat by them. So we got beat by them."
Patterson pointed out that Jones is 1-6 against TCU as the head coach at SMU and Hawaii.
Patterson was also upset by SMU receiver Darius Johnson saying after the game: "I really don't like these TCU people."
"We've let them come over and talked about how we do things academically and how we do things with the stadium and everything to try to make their program better and their way of thanking us for that is to cut us down," Patterson said. "I don't think they should look for any more help from anybody from over here ever again."
SMU, which plays in Conference USA, has been one of several reported targets of the Big East Conference, which TCU is scheduled to join in July. Patterson said he will no longer try to help the Mustangs' program in any capacity. SMU responded Tuesday afternoon by announcing a special on its remaining four home games called the Iron Skillet Special. For $40.33, fans get tickets to the four remaining home games.
"SMU has had a lot of help from us to improve their program and I don't appreciate being treated [that way]," Patterson said. "They're getting no help from Gary Patterson. They shouldn't ask me about going into a conference, they shouldn't ask me about how they played, they shouldn't ask me about their players, they shouldn't ask me about anything because they're not getting any help, period, anymore. We've bent over backwards to make sure that they improved their program because I believe that's what you do."
Jones could not be reached for comment.
Earlier in the day, in a conference call with reporters, Patterson blasted Saturday's Conference USA officiating crew for "terrible calls" that "changed the complexion of the game."
Patterson had declined to comment about the officiating immediately after the game, but said Tuesday that he decided to comment publicly after TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte told him that he spoke with C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky on Sunday. Banowsky, who did not return a phone call, agreed that the game was poorly officiated, according to Patterson. Patterson said he was under the impression that Banowsky was going to publicly admonish the crew.
A C-USA spokesman said the game had been reviewed but no other action was expected.
"He hasn't, so I did," said Patterson, who coached TCU in C-USA from 2001-04. "I can tell you this much, I know why I left the conference now."
Patterson was annoyed by several penalties that eventually led to SMU touchdowns, including an interference call on cornerback Jason Verrett on the Mustangs' opening drive. Verrett's interception on the play was wiped out. Patterson showed reporters videos of several calls that upset him, including Verrett's interception.
"It can sound like sour grapes, but the first drive of the game and the call on that interception changed the whole complexion of that football game," Patterson said. "You just take that one call by itself. The explanation I got was not good. We're all getting paid, [the officials] included, and it was a terrible call. He gets a pick and you take it out of his hands."
During his rant, Patterson interjected several times that his beef with SMU or the officiating crew wasn't about "sour grapes."
"I'd be quiet if I thought the person in charge of the officiating crew came out and said it wasn't very good, but they didn't. I have a hard time with people who don't admit mistakes. I have to do it all the time."
"I have their names," Patterson said of the officiating crew. "They won't ever come back to this stadium again."
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