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TCU’s Gary Patterson cancels National Signing Day press conference

TCU coach Gary Patterson canceled his annual National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday citing several recruits delaying their decisions.
TCU coach Gary Patterson canceled his annual National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday citing several recruits delaying their decisions. AP

TCU coach Gary Patterson has canceled Wednesday’s National Signing Day press conference.

The media relations department sent the update at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday night. TCU blamed the cancellation on several recruits not announcing their choices until “mid-to-late afternoon.” Patterson, as he has in the past, was supposed to address the media on his latest recruiting class at 1 p.m. The current class is rated No. 21 in the nation by 247sports.

The Horned Frogs have a class of 22, which includes four with verbal commitments. Late announcements in the past haven’t forced the press conference to be canceled. TCU signed 18 of the players in December. Four of those players enrolled in January.

Another potential reason for the cancellation is the pending lawsuit against Patterson, TCU and the Big 12 from former player Kolby Listenbee. Listenbee alleges he suffered abuse and harassment to play before he was fully recovered from an injury during the 2015 season. Patterson hasn’t commented on the lawsuit and the school has only released a short, bland statement.

TCU football begins spring practice on March 2.

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