TCU coach Gary Patterson touched on a number of topics on his radio show Thursday night, ranging from KaVontae Turpin’s dismissal to providing injury updates on free safety Niko Small and left guard Cordel Iwuagwu.
Patterson acknowledged it hasn’t been the best of weeks with Turpin being arrested last weekend for alleged assault against his girlfriend. Patterson suspended the standout returner on Monday and, after news broke of a previous domestic violence charge against Turpin last March in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Patterson kicked him off the team.
“I love KaVontae Turpin, but also I have a responsibility just like a parent does to make sure I do everything,” Patterson told host Brian Estridge on 92.1 Hank-FM. “You have to always get things like that out there and do it. But I wish for him the best.
“The bottom line to it is there’re things that are bigger than all of us individually.”
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Other updates from Patterson included –
▪ Free safety Niko Small is expected to return for Saturday’s game at Kansas. Small has been out since the second half of the Texas game. Small gives a secondary that lost strong safety Innis Gaines for the season in the Texas Tech game more veteran leadership.
“It’s going to be a big deal for us,” Patterson said. “He probably won’t be able to play the whole game, just getting back into it, but already in practice his leadership, his knowledge of the game has made us better game-plan wise.”
▪ Left guard Cordel Iwuagwu has been out since the second half of the Texas game and appeared on track to return this week. But Iwuagwu sustained another injury in practice and isn’t expected to play.
“He gets leg-whipped and gets hurt again this week,” Patterson said. “There’s been years we’ve had luck and the ball has bounced our way, and there’s been years where ... who’s not living right?”
▪ Patterson had high praise for a couple freshmen defensive players. He said defensive end Ochaun Mathis “might be before he’s done the best defensive end that ever played here.” And Patterson described free safety Trevon Moehrig-Woodard as “may be the best free safety to play here since Derrick Kindred.”
▪ Patterson always talks about what he’d call the first chapter in his book, “My Perfect Day,” with just a blank page. He mentioned it again during his radio show in what has been a tough week on him and his program.
“This week would be appropriate,” Patterson said. “It’d be one page and it’d be blank. That’s the way a head coach is. There’re no perfect days.”