TCU coach Gary Patterson sent out a tweet last week that was unlike his usual offerings.
Normally on game weeks, he sends out a “Calling All Frogs” notice.
Last week, it was downright cryptic: “We will all have good days and not as good of days but one part that will never change is what we always say ‘Go Frogs’!”
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But there was no problem or injury or anything unannounced behind the scenes.
Instead, it was just a feeling Patterson had. He explained at his midweek press conference on Tuesday.
“I didn’t feel very easy about our mind-set going to Iowa State,” Patterson said. “That didn’t mean we didn’t try to win it. But you’ve got to get ready to go. And it’s hard for a team to do that all year. There was going to be one game.”
Patterson said he had noticed a lack of attention to detail last week.
“And a lot of it is just, you’re tired,” he said. “You come off a game where everything goes right and then you go into a ballgame — which is not uncommon — where everything goes wrong. We really haven’t had any easy games besides Jackson State this year. It’s a pretty common thing, especially with younger players.”
But Patterson said that wasn’t the entire story of why TCU lost.
“Iowa State got after us,” he said. “They did a nice job. They had some good players. I would not take anything away from Coach Campbell. Just like I said after the game, I would give him respect for the job that they’ve done.”