Rarely do we see college football coaches getting into one another’s business, which makes TCU coach Gary Patterson’s comments on Les Miles’ decision to reinstate bar-fightin’ running back Jeremy Hill for the season opener between the Horned Frogs and Tigers slightly refreshing even if some may seem them as out of line.
Well, technically it wasn’t Miles’ decision — he left it to a team vote, which of course has all the legitimacy of a Cuban election. And it was this point that caused Patterson to give Miles a Steve Spurrier-sized needle when talking to the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph on Wednesday.
Patterson’s own top player, defensive end Devonte Fields, is suspended for the first two games of the season.
“My whole team would vote Devonte to be back on the team because they all want to win,” Patterson told the paper. “That doesn’t teach life lessons.”
Short of calling Miles a grass-eating so-and-so, the TCU coach then went all-in, in case nobody could take the hint.
“I’m sure if it was some opponent they’d beat by 100 points, they wouldn’t have a vote. It’s not my worry. I have to play whoever they put on the field.”
It will be interesting to see how and if Miles chooses to fire back on Thursday. He might not say so himself, but Patterson is in a curious position to comment on another coach’s disciplinary measures/granting of second chances when his own quarterback, Casey Pachall, has been nailed for using cocaine and ecstasy and spent last season in rehab after picking up a DUI.
So yeah, this is probably a case of the pot calling the kettle black. But given the general lack of coaching smack talk since John Chaney threatened to kill John Calipari, we’re all for it.