August 8, 2013

TCU’s Patterson sets record straight by sending LSU coach a transcript

TCU coach Gary Patterson says national media misconstrued comment about Devonte Fields.

TCU coach Gary Patterson sent LSU coach Les Miles a transcript of his Tuesday post-practice comments to show that national media outlets took a report in the Star-Telegram out of context.

Patterson’s comments regarding TCU defensive end Devonte Fields’ two-game suspension, which were in response to a direct question about Fields’ chance of playing in the Horned Frogs’ Aug. 31 opener against LSU at AT&T Stadium, were taken incorrectly by multiple media outlets, Patterson said.

Some, including a legion of LSU fans, inaccurately misconstrued Patterson’s comments as a commentary on Miles’ handling of star running back Jeremy Hill, who was reinstated to the team earlier this week after receiving an extension of two years’ probation for his role in a bar room fight in the spring. The story was regurgitated and dots were connected that weren’t there, creating a pseudo-drama pitting Patterson versus Miles.

“I know what I said. I didn’t mention Jeremy Hill. I didn’t mention Les Miles,” Patterson said after Thursday’s practice. “It was more about Devonte Fields. If they want to make something up so they can get all fired up… I can get the same thing when I go home. Everyone can stand in line.”

Patterson tried to make light of the situation and said he and Miles are good friends. The coaches share an agent, who helped Patterson forward the transcript to LSU.

Patterson brought up the incident Thursday to clarify that he had no “intention at all of spiting anybody or making anybody look bad.”

“I’m not Babe Ruth. I don’t point at fences,” he said. “Most of the time I play below the water. Anybody who knows me knows that’s way outside of character, so why would I do it now? Why would I call up the Tiger? They don’t need any more help.”

He lamented that LSU is stocked with potential NFL stars at linebacker “and I’m trying to find one.”

Patterson joked that at least now everyone in Louisiana knows where TCU and Fort Worth are located.

“Baylor, [Texas] Tech and Texas people have all chimed in because why not,” Patterson said. “But it really doesn’t bother us or me that much. To be honest with you, I take it as a compliment.”

Scrimmage recap

TCU’s first-team offense beat the defense during a Wednesday scrimmage, Gary Patterson said.

Trevone Boykin threw two touchdown passes in the red zone, both against defensive back Kevin White.

Patterson said White is still improved from a year ago, but needs to compete better.

Brandon Carter and Kolby Listenbee caught the touchdown passes, he said.

The trend continued during Thursday’s practice, Patterson said, which was “the best practice on both sides of the ball in a long time.”

“It was the first time in two years the offense scored on the defense in mayday [drill], which is a good thing … and a bad thing,” Patterson said.

TCU scrimmages three more times this month.

SI All-Americans

TCU cornerback Jason Verrett was selected to the Sports Illustrated first team preseason All-America team.

Defensive end Devonte Fields was selected to the second team.

Flu-ridden Frogs

Devonte Fields and Chucky Hunter had to leave practice because of stomach flu, which is making its way through the team, Gary Patterson said.

A couple other unnamed players were affected Thursday morning.

“It’s going through the team a little bit so we’re just trying to get a handle on it,” Patterson said. “It’s hard to deal with it in the heat.”

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