The rivalry between TCU and Baylor didn’t need any extra spice but Gary Patterson’s postgame comments about Bears coach Art Briles has likely added some more hot peppers to the mix.
Briles declined Monday to respond to Patterson’s rant after Saturday’s game, during which he questioned Briles’ integrity.
Patterson was upset that Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon lingered on the sidelines after he was ejected for an illegal hit to the helmet of TCU’s Trevone Boykin.
Television cameras showed Dixon laughing and high-fiving Baylor fans as TCU fans booed his walk to the tunnel. Patterson said he didn’t like that Briles decided to “come at me” from across the field to yell something, instead of dealing with his own player who had just been ejected for a targeting penalty.
“I hadn’t really heard anything or paid attention to anything,” Briles said during the Big 12 teleconference. “As soon as the game was over, I started moving on to Texas. That’s just what I’ve always done. I learned a long time ago you can’t really control what other people say about you or think about you. All you can do is do what you think is right for your situation and that’s what we’ve always done here at Baylor.”
Patterson was, in essence, defending his player for what he and the officials deemed an illegal hit. Patterson said Dixon has “been doing that kind of thing for four years.”
Television footage showed Briles telling Patterson to “leave it on the field” as they shook hands after the game. That is in contrast to what Briles reported he said to Patterson after the game.
“I just told him his kids did a great job and good luck during the rest of the year and then in recruiting,” Briles said Saturday.
“You’re not going to come across the field at me,” Patterson said Saturday. “You can go correct your player because nobody said anything to him. I watched. I had to get the official to go get him because they let him stand on the sideline. If I didn’t say anything, they would have let him stand there the whole time. That wasn’t cool. If that’s what class is, I don’t want to be it.”
Although Briles claims he hasn’t heard Patterson’s comments, he acknowledged he’s picked up on the gist of the message.
“I have not heard what he said,” Briles said. “Of course, there’s been some chatter around the office and stuff about some things that might have been said. Shoot, growing up in West Texas I was always taught if you can’t say something good about somebody don’t say anything at all.”
During Monday’s news conference in Waco, Dixon expressed no remorse for Saturday’s hit that triggered the controversy.
“I don’t feel bad about the hit or nothing like that,” Dixon said. “I don’t have any bad intentions. People might think I do, but I don’t. It’s just football.”
Asked about Patterson’s postgame comments, Dixon said: “I don’t have any response. He feels how he feels and we’re moving on. I don’t think I’m worried about it.”
Baylor offense slows
Baylor’s nation-leading offense has been held to two of its three lowest yardage outputs the past two weeks on the road at Oklahoma State and TCU.
Are injuries finally slowing the Bears down or are the better defenses in the Big 12 able to match up with Baylor’s speed?
“We have been playing some really good people on the defensive side and Texas is right in there with them,” Briles said of the Bears’ next opponent.
The Bears offense was held to a season-low 370 total yards in their 41-38 win at TCU. And seven of those points came courtesy of a fumble at the TCU 1 that set up a Baylor touchdown. The Bears’ defense scored 14 points on two interception returns.
“Defensively, we had some huge plays the other day that won us a football game, quite honestly,” Briles said. “It was really good to get a win that way and that’s all you try to do this time of year when you get late in the season like this, or anytime honestly. You just try to find a way to have one more point than the other and you don’t really care how it happens.”
“That’s the lowest form of motivation a competitor can have.” — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops on using the spoiler role against Oklahoma State
“It’s an exciting weekend for the Big 12 because we really have two championship games on Saturday. I think it just shows you how much parity there is in this league right now.” — Texas coach Mack Brown on the league’s two season-finales pitting its top four teams, Texas at Baylor and Oklahoma at Oklahoma State.