Following Saturday’s loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, TCU head coach Gary Patterson had some harsh words for officials and even took a jab at Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
On Tuesday, when Patterson addressed the media, he tried to smooth things over with an “apology” of sorts.
Here is what Patterson had to say, via ESPN.com:
“When it came to officials, Baker, anything, the bottom line to it is you have to be bigger than all of it. You have passion. I think in my 19 seasons here I can count on two hands, maybe six times that I’ve said things that usually by the next day I’ve regretted. After that, by the time I got to my radio show [I regretted it]. That’s a good officiating crew. This game goes really fast. It’s hard to be an officiating crew any more.
“I have a high respect for Bob Stoops and the University of Oklahoma, [athletic director] Joe [Castiglione]. Bob’s a really good friend and I wish them the best. The bottom line is it’s been great football games. So in this day and age right now in our horizon, everybody throws things out, everybody thinks they can say whatever they want to. The biggest thing for me is I don’t want to be part of that. You go down and come back from 20 something points and you have some suspect things going on, but the bottom line is I’ve had some of those things go my way. You stay in this profession long enough you’re going to have some things that are going to be good for you and some things that aren’t.
“From a football coach, that’s probably the closest to an apology as you’ll ever get, probably.”
Like Patterson said, that is about as close to an apology as you will get from a college football head coach, so that will have to do.
Patterson and the Horned Frogs return to action on the road this weekend against Kansas. Kickoff is set for noon ET at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium on ESPNU.
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