TCU’s Patterson Still Upset Over SMU Over Flag, Kill Injury – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
TCU coach Gary Patterson said assistant Jerry Kill suffered a concussion when he was knocked down in a post-game brawl after a home loss to SMU over the weekend. end and accused his opponent of plotting a provocative flag plantation in midfield.
Patterson insisted Tuesday that Kill wouldn’t have been toppled if the Mustangs hadn’t tried to plant their school’s flag.
“He was hit twice… I can’t prove it was a person from SMU or TCU, but it happened. If we hadn’t had the flags, this wouldn’t have happened, ”Patterson said at his weekly press conference.
Patterson said he believed SMU planned to plant the flag, a claim strongly denied by SMU athletic director Rick Hart.
Kill, the former Minnesota head coach who was the best man of his marriage, had a two-inch knot and scuffs on the back of his head, Patterson said.
In his post-game remarks after the 42-34 loss on Saturday, Patterson first indicated that he believed Kill was hit with a helmet by an EMS player. He said on Tuesday that he could not prove whether this had happened.
Hart, however, said there was no evidence after a thorough review of the available video of anyone from EMS involved in Kill injuring themselves.
“I have spoken with TCU Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati and we agree that there is no evidence to support Coach Patterson’s initial claims. To that end, I was assured that any innuendo that this had happened would have been “returned” by Coach Patterson at today’s press conference, ”Hart said.
At least one video posted to social media appears to show Kill, 60, being inadvertently knocked down by TCU players in the scuffle.
Hart said Patterson’s claim that the flag planting was planned was “a complete fabrication. I can say unequivocally that there was no such plan.
The video showed EMS wide receiver Rashee Rice running through midfield with a flag displaying the Dallas school “D” logo before being pulled away from the TCU logo by opposing players. Shortly after, Mustangs defensive back Brandon Crossley tried unsuccessfully to plant the flag before throwing it. The TCU players then removed the flag from the post and one player angrily threw the post to the ground.
Rice, who attended high school near Fort Worth but did not receive a scholarship from TCU, made headlines on game week saying he thought TCU was afraid of playing the Mustangs.
Coach Sonny Dykes, who was an attacking analyst for Patterson’s squad before taking on the SMU job in 2018, apologized in his post-match comments on Saturday for what his players did with the flag.
Hart said Dykes and his team “have my full support”.
“This activity was spontaneous and born out of emotion,” Hart said. “To suggest otherwise is irresponsible and offensive. I will not allow Coach Dykes, our program or our student-athletes to be unduly attacked. Sonny is a formidable leader and a man of great integrity.
It was the 100th meeting of former Southwest Conference rivals and the first time since 1992-93 that SMU has achieved back-to-back series victories. The Mustangs also won in 2019 before last year’s scheduled game was played due to the pandemic.
Kill joined TCU as Patterson’s special assistant in February 2020, an offensive oversight role but not as an assistant coach on the pitch. He had previously held a similar position at Virginia Tech. Kill was the Minnesota coach from 2011-2015 before seizures caused by his epilepsy forced him to resign. He retired from field training after spending 2017 as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers.
Patterson said Kill vomited after returning home on Saturday and underwent a concussion protocol. Kill was able to return to work with the Horned Frogs to prepare for their Big 12 opener Saturday at home against Texas.