The Big 12 doesn’t interfere with how its member institutions handle discipline unless it involves actions in a game setting.
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby isn’t interested in the conference getting more involved in disciplinary issues when asked about how TCU handled the KaVontae Turpin situation.
“Those are institutional matters,” Bowlsby said from the conference’s men’s basketball media day at the Sprint Center on Wednesday.
“If it was an occurrence that happened in a game that was egregious, we would have province to get involved in it. But student disciplinary matters are generally handled at the institutional level. As near as I can tell, TCU has evaluated all the elements of it and taking the action they think is appropriate.”
TCU coach Gary Patterson dismissed Turpin from the team on Tuesday. Turpin was arrested last weekend on assault charges against his girlfriend, and another domestic violence incident involving Turpin came to light from last March in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Patterson and the coaching staff knew Turpin had an incident last spring and discovered only a property damage charge through a search on a commercial website, rapsheets.org.
A criminal complaint obtained by the Star-Telegram showed all three charges against Turpin were filed on the same day, in the same complaint – a battery charge, a criminal damage to the property of a household member and interference with communications.
TCU acknowledged it didn’t do enough to understand the entire situation. Patterson has been adamant he and his staff had no knowledge of the battery charge against Turpin from last spring.
Patterson has a track record of dismissing players who run afoul, and immediately suspended Turpin when he heard about the arrest from last weekend. Once Patterson learned more about the March incident, he kicked Turpin off the team.
Men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon weighed in on the situation during a media availability Tuesday at TCU, saying it’s “devastating” anytime a situation like this arises for a program.
“I think it’s hard in a lot of ways,” Dixon said. “It’s devastating that your program is associated. It’s more devastating for some coaches than others. I know for Gary … you know who he is and he’s all about character and doing the right things and the university. I know that. I’ve talked to him, talking about this, and you’ve just got to be who you are and he’s been through these things before. He’s made the right decision.
“You’ve just got to do the right things and he will. That’s why he’s been successful.”