TCU coach Gary Patterson: 'I didn't mention Les Miles'

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Gary Patterson sent a transcript of his comments to Les Miles to clear the air regarding Jeremy Hill. (USATSI)
Gary Patterson sent a transcript of his comments to Les Miles to clear the air regarding Jeremy Hill. (USATSI)

TCU coach Gary Patterson was unhappy that his comments regarding Devonte Fields' two-game suspension earlier this week were taken out of context as a direct shot at LSU.

TCU and LSU will face each other in the 2013 Cowboys Classic. The Horned Frogs will be without All-Big 12 defensive end Devonte Fields, but it is possible that the Tigers might have running back Jeremy Hill in the game, despite the fact he was recently in court for his second arrest.

LSU coach Les Miles told reporters that Hill would not have been allowed to rejoin the team if it were not for a player vote. On Tuesday, Patterson said the "whole team would vote Devonte to be back on the team because they all want to win" and added that it "doesn't teach life lessons."

Some fans, as well as writers, interpreted this comment as a direct shot at LSU. Patterson, frustrated that his words were taken out of context, sent a transcript of the post-practice interview to Les Miles to clear the air.

"I know what I said. I didn't mention Jeremy Hill. I didn't mention Les Miles," Patterson said Thursday. "It was more about Devonte Fields. If they want to make something up so they can get all fired up…I can get the same thing when I go home. Everyone can stand in line."

Patterson and Miles are good friends, and it was actually their shared agent that helped the transcript get delivered to LSU.

"I'm not Babe Ruth. I don't point at fences," Patterson said. "Most of the time I play below the water. Anybody who knows me knows that's way outside of character, so why would I do it now? Why would I call up the Tiger? They don't need any more help."

The game itself does not need any more help with hype, either. Although neither team was picked as a preseason favorite, both TCU and LSU have enough talent to contend for their respective conference titles. This game should be right there with Georgia-Clemson, Boise State-Washington, Nevada-UCLA and Northwestern-Cal as your must-see night caps for college football's first Saturday.

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