TCU’s Gary Patterson says critical comments not aimed at LSU’s Les Miles
By Zac Ellis
Earlier this week, media reports circulated implying that TCU coach Gary Patterson had criticized LSU coach Les Miles’ approach to disciplining players. Following a team vote, Miles had recently reinstated running back Jeremy Hill, who’d avoided jail time. Patterson, meanwhile, had suspended the Horned Frogs’ best player, Devonte Fields, for two games for violating team policy.
Patterson said Tuesday that he wouldn’t leave a reinstatement decision up to the players:
“My whole team would vote Devonte to be back on the team because they all want to win,” Patterson said on Tuesday. “That doesn’t teach life lessons.”
Patterson’s comments appeared to be aimed at Miles, but Patterson, whose Horned Frogs open the season against LSU on Aug. 31 in Arlington, Texas, said Thursday that his comments were misconstrued, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“I know what I said. I didn’t mention Jeremy Hill. I didn’t mention Les Miles,” Patterson said after Thursday’s practice. “It was more about Devonte Fields. If they want to make something up so they can get all fired up… I can get the same thing when I go home. Everyone can stand in line.”
Patterson said he had no “intention at all of spiting anybody or making anybody look bad.”
“I’m not Babe Ruth. I don’t point at fences,” he said. “Most of the time I play below the water. Anybody who knows me knows that’s way outside of character, so why would I do it now? Why would I call up the Tiger? They don’t need any more help.”
In an effort to clear the air, Patterson reportedly sent Miles a transcript of his post-practice comments from Tuesday in which he allegedly criticized Miles. Patterson and Miles share the same agent, who helped forward the transcript to LSU.