Patterson said he is “excited” to tell TCU’s side of the story, and also says he’s been telling other former players to hold off on coming to his defense.
“I was a little bit hurt,” Patterson said Sunday. “I’m one of those coaches that put everything in my life into kids. Growing them up, giving them opportunity.”
Patterson, who has led TCU’s program for the past 17 seasons, said the program and its medical staff never puts winning ahead of player safety. He said the lawsuit hasn’t impacted TCU’s recruiting efforts at all, and that former players want to defend him but that he has told them to “lay in the weeds for now.”
Everyone knows TCU needs to rebuild the line, but who, exactly, will wind up wherE?
Lucas Niang and incoming JUCO transfer Anthony McKinney have already locked horns to see who takes over for Joseph Noteboom at left tackle. Fact of the matter is, both will probably start. Needing to replace four starters, Gary Patterson may have no choice but to place McKinney on the left side and slide Niang to the right side or to a vacant guard spot. It’s difficult to imagine Niang’s experience not landing him a starting spot on the line somewhere.
The Frogs got smoked on Sunday, no way around it.
UC Irvine (7-4) scored seven runs in the fourth inning, five of which were unearned after a costly TCU error, to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Three walks also helped lead to the outburst.
The Anteaters tacked on six more runs in the sixth to go up 13-0.
The Frogs were routed by Baylor, 94-48, and now they await their tournament fate.
TCU women’s basketball played in its first Big 12 Championship semifinal, but couldn’t knock off top-seeded Baylor, falling 94-48 at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday afternoon.
TCU (19-12) has now seen eight of its 12 loses come against ranked teams, including five against top-10 teams and three to the No. 3 Lady Bears in the last three weeks.