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    TCU’s Gary Patterson blames SMU for postgame scuffle, Jerry Kill getting concussed

    TCU coach Gary Patterson unloaded on SMU on Tuesday, blaming the Mustangs for a postgame scuffle between the 2 groups’ gamers that led to assistant coach Jerry Kill getting concussed.

    Specifically, Patterson claimed SMU orchestrated an try and plant its flag at midfield of Amon G. Carter Stadium following its 42-34 win over TCU within the one centesimal Battle of the Iron Skillet. He believes that straight led to Kill getting knocked over and concussed.

    Oh wow.

    SMU WR Rashee Rice, the one fueled the rivalry together with his feedback this week, instantly takes the SMU flag to midfield after SMU’s 42-34 win over TCU. A small scuffle ensues.

    — Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 25, 2021

    “You do not suppose it was deliberate?” Patterson stated of the flag-planting try, in keeping with the Star Telegram (Fort Price, Texas). “That they had a media particular person from their workplace that was out filming the flag getting set in the midst of the sphere. … A man (Kill) obtained harm. He obtained pushed down by our children as soon as on movie in the midst of it and he obtained hit, as a result of I’ve obtained the proof to point out it.”

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    Per Patterson, Kill was knocked down twice and suffered a concussion, although the previous admitted he wasn’t certain who led to him getting knocked down the second time. He additionally stated an SMU participant struck him with their helmet.

    “I do want to seek out out who the participant is that hit Coach Kill with a helmet is,” Patterson informed reporters postgame of the alleged incident. “I’ll discover that out.”

    Beneath is a video of somebody showing to be Kill falling down, although it is unsure whether or not it’s the first or second time; no SMU gamers have been round when he fell over.

    This *seems* to be the purpose the place Jerry Kill is knocked down. That is from the video I took yesterday. You possibly can see a TCU coach in white fall down between the C and the U on the 45-yard line. Doesn’t seem like anybody from SMU is round him.

    — Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 26, 2021

    Kill, 60, has epilepsy, which he was identified with in 2005. He remained a Division I head coach till 2015 when he resigned from Minnesota amid well being considerations. He went 107-77 on the Division I degree, splitting time between FCS and FBS, however hasn’t held a head teaching gig since main the Golden Gophers. Patterson stated he’s OK and has since returned to work.

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    Even when Patterson did not know who was liable for injuring Kill, he was joyful to put the blame.

    “I can not substantiate that it was a SMU or TCU particular person, nevertheless it did occur,” Patterson stated throughout a Tuesday information convention. “If we wouldn’t have had the flags, it wouldn’t have occurred. OK?”

    Coaches double down on a regular basis however, within the case of Patterson, it got here after assurances have been made by TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati that Patterson would stroll again his feedback.

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    SMU simply launched a press release from AD Rick Hart. It is lengthy, however here is one word:

    Hart stated TCU AD Jeremiah Donati assured him Gary Patterson would “stroll again” his allegations {that a} participant hit Jerry Kill. Patterson, as an alternative, added extra allegations.

    Story coming quickly.

    — Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 28, 2021

    SMU athletic director Rick launched a prolonged assertion in response to Patterson’s declare, a part of which was posted on-line by the Star Telegram:

    “Whereas Coach Patterson acknowledged that his postgame declare can’t be substantiated, he accused our program, a number of instances, of planning to plant our flag on the sphere following our win. It is a full fabrication,” Hart’s assertion stated. “I can state unequivocally that there was no such plan.


    This exercise was spontaneous and borne out of emotion,” Hart’s assertion continued. “To counsel in any other case is irresponsible and offensive. I cannot permit Coach Dykes, our program or our student-athletes to be unjustifiably attacked. Sonny is an incredible chief and a person of nice integrity.”

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    Instantly following the sport, SMU coach Sonny Dykes denounced the incident, although he declined to touch upon what Patterson stated on Tuesday.

    “We don’t need to do one thing like that,” Dykes stated within the postgame information convention. “Look, there’s no one on the planet that has extra respect for TCU and Gary Patterson, for the way they’ve run this program and the longevity he’s had right here — there’s no one on the planet that has extra respect than I do. And so if that occurred, it shouldn’t have occurred.

    “I really feel dangerous for that. I apologize for that. … I hope (the flag planting) didn’t occur, but when it did, we’ll make sure that it doesn’t occur once more. Like I stated, that’s definitely not out of a scarcity of respect for TCU. Our gamers really feel the identical manner I do.”

    Dykes spent the 2017 season as an assistant on Patterson’s employees, and so Patterson was additionally irritated that the athletic administrators needed to get entangled and that Dykes did not attain out to him personally. Patterson stated he was keen to place the incident behind him and stay associates with Dykes.

    Patterson is in his twenty second season at TCU, going 180-75 all time. He has 12 seasons the place his staff completed ranked among the many high 25, together with six top-10 finishes. He has six convention titles to his belt. Dykes is in his fourth yr at SMU, the place he is 26-13 and is 67-58 all-time as a head coach.

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