TCU coach Gary Patterson took off at SMU on Tuesday, blaming the Mustangs for a post-game fight between players from the two teams that led to assistant coach Jerry Kill suffering a concussion.
In particular, Patterson claimed that SMU orchestrated an attempt to plant its flag in the midfield of Amon G. Carter Stadium following its 42-34 victory over TCU in the 100th Battle of the Iron Skillet. He believes that directly led to Kill being knocked down and suffering a concussion.
SMU WR Rashee Rice, who fueled the rivalry with his comments this week, immediately carries the SMU flag to midfield after SMU’s 42-34 win over TCU. A little fight ensues. pic.twitter.com/kO0xxpktv9
– Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 25, 2021
“You don’t think it was planned?” Patterson said about the attempt to plant flags, according to the Star Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas). “They had a media person from their office who was filming the flag standing in the middle of the field … A guy (Kill) got hurt. Our kids pushed him once in the movie in the middle of it. And they beat him, because I have the proof to prove it. “
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According to Patterson, Kill was knocked down twice and suffered a concussion, though the former admitted he wasn’t sure who got him knocked down a second time. He also said that an SMU player hit him with his helmet.
“I need to find out who the player is who hit Coach Kill with a helmet,” Patterson told reporters after the game about the alleged incident.
Below is a video of someone who appears to be Kill falling, although it is unknown if it is the first or the second time; there were no SMU players when it fell.
This * seems * to be the point where Jerry Kill gets knocked down. This is from the video I took yesterday. You can see a TCU coach dressed in white fall between C and U at the 45-yard line. There doesn’t seem to be anyone from SMU around him. pic.twitter.com/0KvKo05gUg
– Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 26, 2021
Kill, 60, has epilepsy, which was diagnosed in 2005. He continued as the Division I head coach until 2015, when he resigned from Minnesota amid health problems. He was 107-77 at the Division I level, splitting time between FCS and FBS, but hasn’t had a head coaching performance since leading the Golden Gophers. Patterson said he is fine and has since returned to work.
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Even if Patterson didn’t know who was responsible for hurting Kill, he was happy to put the blame.
“I can’t substantiate that it was an SMU or TCU person, but it happened,” Patterson said during a Tuesday press conference. “If we hadn’t had the flags, it wouldn’t have happened. OKAY?”
Coaches double down all the time but, in Patterson’s case, it came after TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati assured Patterson would back off his comments.
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SMU just released a statement from AD Rick Hart. It’s long, but here’s a note:
Hart said TCU AD Jeremiah Donati assured him that Gary Patterson will “roll back” his allegations that a player hit Jerry Kill. Patterson, on the other hand, added more accusations.
Soon the story.
– Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 28, 2021
SMU Athletic Director Rick issued a lengthy statement in response to Patterson’s claim, part of which was posted online by Star Telegram:
“While Coach Patterson acknowledged that his post-game claim cannot be substantiated, he accused our program, multiple times, of planning to plant our flag on the field after our victory. This is a complete fabrication ”, Hart’s statement said. “I can state unequivocally that there was no such plan.
This activity was spontaneous and arose out of emotion, “Hart’s statement continued.” Suggesting otherwise is irresponsible and offensive. I will not allow Coach Dykes, our program or our student-athletes to be unreasonably attacked. Sonny is a tremendous leader and a man of great integrity. “
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Immediately after the game, SMU coach Sonny Dykes reported the incident, though he declined to comment on what Patterson said Tuesday.
“We don’t want to do something like that,” Dykes said at the postgame press conference. “Look, there is no one in the world who has more respect for TCU and Gary Patterson, for how they have run this program and the longevity that they have had here; there is no one in the world who has more respect than me. And if that happened, it shouldn’t have happened.
“I feel bad about that. I apologize for that … I hope that (the planting of the flag) didn’t happen, but if it did happen, we’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again. Like I said, that’s certainly not out of the question.” of a lack of respect for TCU. Our players feel the same as me. “
Dykes spent the 2017 season as an assistant on Patterson’s staff, so Patterson was Also annoying that athletic directors he had to get involved and that Dykes did not reach out to him personally. Patterson said he was willing to put the incident behind him and remain friends with Dykes.
Patterson is in his 22nd season at TCU, going 180-75 all-time. He has 12 seasons in which his team finished in the top 25, including six top-10 finishes. He has six conference titles to his credit. Dykes is in his fourth year at SMU, where he is 26-13 and 67-58 all-time as head coach.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.