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Gary Patterson says Texas schools should be embarrased for not having a top 25 team

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At the end of the 2016 season, not one team from the state of Texas could be found in the final AP poll, the coaches poll or the final College Football Playoff ranking. That is an embarrassment to the entire state of Texas, according to TCU head coach Gary Patterson.

As he spoke to the media at Big 12 media days from the luxurious training home of the Dallas Cowboys, Patterson dove into why the state of Texas has been lagging behind the competition in college football. While noting the changing recruiting landscape that has developed since Texas A&M’s departure from the Big 12 to the SEC, Patterson said all of the schools in the state of Texas should feel embarrassed about the current situation on the field.

“I think A&M going to the SEC hurt us a little bit because you have that common factor,” Patterson explained after suggesting the internet has had an impact on how recruiting process unfolds now as well. “I think the Big 12’s learning it’s helping us because we’re now leaving the state to be able to get kids to come into the state. But we should be embarrassed we don’t have a team in the top 25. There’s a lot of good football players, even that come to our schools, that can play and play at a high level, and we need to play better. It’s simple as that.”

Patterson is not off on this thought process. Texas A&M leaving the Big 12 for the SEC certainly impacted how recruiting goes down. The doors to the state of Texas had always been open to SEC schools, but now recruits are seeing more and more interest from the SEC as a result of the Aggies moving to a conference in a new region, and one that has been quite successful over the years while the Big 12 as a whole has trended downward. At the same time, it has become increasingly important for schools from Texas to take advantage of the new recruiting opportunities presented to them by Texas A&M opening the doors to the southeast and along the east coast. The success rate just has not been there for those schools to capitalize on it, and more recruits from Texas are opting to going elsewhere. This even happens within the Big 12, where Oklahoma can pluck some top talent out of the state of Texas as well.

The future does look to be an interesting one with new coaches coming in with the intent on taking back some of that in-state swagger. Tom Herman at Texas and Matt Rhule at Baylor have their work cut out for them, but each come to their new programs with some decent experience in handling the projects in front of them from their former gigs. And one should never cast doubt on Patterson, who has been around long enough to understand what it takes to adapt and win.

Helmet sticker to Land Grant Gauntlet for the transcribed quote.

Gary Patterson rips Big 12 officials, takes veiled shot at Baker Mayfield

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To say TCU head coach Gary Patterson was not happy after his Horned Frogs dropped a home Big 12 game against Oklahoma would be a bit of an understatement. He was ticked and firing shots at the Big 12 officiating in the game in his postgame comments, and he even took a shot at Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Patterson was not pleased with a sequence toward the end of the game that ultimately resulted in an intentional grounding penalty on his quarterback Kenny Hill. Making the moment even more infuriating was the fact the initial call was for no intentional grounding, which was soon overturned by the officials on the field after a brief discussion after Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops threw his headset down in anger and lobbied for the call.

“The bottom line to it is, in his estimation, [Hill] didn’t have anyone to throw to,” Patterson said, referring to the official who threw the initial flag for intentional grounding. “Mine was he got hit, so I don’t know how he can tell he couldn’t throw it to him.”

Patterson also lamented over some missed holding calls on Oklahoma, which every coach can probably gloss over following a game. But what was a bit eye-opening was what Patterson appeared to say in relation to Mayfield.

“We talk about sportsmanship in this game, and I’ve got a quarterback that writes a whole article on me, how I treated him wrong. But I can’t talk about officials. Bottom line to it is, I wasn’t happy with the officiating.”

Last December, Mayfield shared his side of the story about his previous recruitment process with TCU. According to Mayfield, TCU was going to offer him a scholarship that never came his way.

They kind of hung me out to dry right before signing day,” Mayfield said in an interview with USA Today, suggesting Patterson does not like him. Mayfield ended up walking on at Texas Tech before ultimately transferring to Oklahoma. Mayfield is now 3-0 against TCU.

It would appear Patterson has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, and a 3-2 record with two home losses can do that to a coach. TCU will get a chance to bounce back and get back in the Big 12 hunt this week when they head to Kansas before taking on West Virginia on the road on October 22 (after a bye week).

QB Trevone Boykin suspended for Alamo Bowl, bringing unceremonious end to TCU career

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Following a bar fight that led to TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin allegedly striking a police officer, TCU has suspended its starting quarterback for the Alamo Bowl against Oregon. Wide receiver Preston Miller has also been suspended for the game. Both players have suspended under the vague terms of violations of team rules, although you can connect the dots for Boykin’s suspension.

“Trevone Boykin and Preston Miller have been suspended for Saturday’s game due to a violation of team rules, ” a statement from TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Thursday morning. “We are disappointed in their actions and apologize to the TCU Horned Frogs Nation, Valero Alamo Bowl and city of San Antonio.”

Boykin was arrested early Thursday morning in San Antonio after striking a bicycle patrol officer following a bar fight. According to reports, Boykin was being harassed by patrons who recognized him at a bar when things got heated and Boykin struck a patron at the bar. Boykin and his friends were forced to leave the establishment, but trouble continued outside the bar. A police officer on a bicycle wrestled Boykin to the ground after Boykin allegedly attempted to swing at multiple officers on the scene. Boykin was charged for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and public intoxication. The suspension from the game brings an unceremonious end to the college career of Boykin, a senior, and could have a negative impact on his draft stock heading into the draft cycle. Basically, this could not have happened at a worst time for Boykin.

Boykin was a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate according to many, although injuries and losses in conference play took him out of the running despite a season with 3,575 passing yards and 31 touchdowns to go along with 612 rushing yards. Boykin helped lead a renewed TCU offense to a share of the Big 12 title in 2014, passing for 3,901 yards and 33 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions and 707 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Miller has appeared in four games this season, in which he has one catch for six yards.

TCU is scheduled to play Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday, January 2. Oregon was a slight one-point favorite, and that line should grow more in favor of the Ducks.

A statue of Gary Patterson is coming to TCU

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In an age where any coach with success is deemed worthy of a statue, TCU appears to be working on adding a statue of long-time head coach Gary Patterson. Patterson has apparently yielded to the demands of TCU chancellor Victor Boschini and will allow a statue bearing his likeness to be sculpted and put on display.

“It’s taken me five years,” Boschini said to San Antonio Express-News this week. “I finally convinced him that it wasn’t for him, but TCU.”

Molding a statue of the current head coach’s likeness is far from unprecedented in college football. Nick Saban has one at Alabama. Joe Paterno had one at Penn State, although that one is now stored away in a secret location.

There is no question Patterson has had a tremendous impact on the TCU program. He has been in charge of the program through many changes including the growth of the program and realignment changes taking the program from one conference to the next before ultimately landing in the Big 12 a few years ago.

Baker Mayfield says TCU snubbed him

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When Baker Mayfield was in high school, he did not have too many FBS programs clamoring to get him on their campus to be a part of their football program. The Oklahoma starter ended up walking on at Texas Tech, before he transferred to the Sooners this past year. Safe to say things have worked out well for Mayfield at Oklahoma, no matter how he got there. Mayfield is preparing to lead his Big 12 champion Sooners into the College Football Playoff in the Orange Bowl semifinal against Clemson. If you were curious what fuels Mayfield, look no further than TCU, a program Mayfield once thought he would be joining before things turned the other way in the recruiting process.

They told me they were gonna offer me a scholarship, and then kind of drug it out,” Mayfield explained during a media session leading up to the playoff, according to George Schroeder of USA Today. Mayfield explained he turned down calls and offers from other potential options — including Washington State, New Mexico and FAU — because he thought he would be heading to TCU. “I truly believed they were gonna offer me because they told me that,” Mayfield added. “It disappointed me. They kind of hung me out to dry right before signing day.”

For whatever reason, Mayfield says TCU head coach Gary Patterson does not like him. Why TCU would dangle a scholarship out there for Mayfield, only to never finalize it is unknown, but it is far from the first time something like that has happened in the recruiting game. In defense of TCU and Patterson, Mayfield was a walk-on player at Texas Tech, so whatever he was coming out of high school was widely perceived to be far different from the late-season Heisman Trophy candidate Mayfield turned into this season.

This season against TCU, Mayfield completed just nine of 20 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in a win against the Horned Frogs. Mayfield was banged up in that game, but I guess you could say Mayfield got the last laugh. Mayfield is also 2-0 against TCU going back to 2013 with Texas Tech.