Gary Patterson on Art Briles: 'He's picking on the wrong guy'
In case you missed it, there was an altercation at midfield in Fort Worth on Saturday. Earlier in the game, Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon was ejected for targeting for a shot to the head of TCU quarterback/wide receiver Trevone Boykin.
Following the ejection, Dixon didn't immediately leave the sidelines and head for the locker room, as most ejected players do. Patterson and the TCU staff say the caught Dixon laughing under a towel on the Baylor sideline which, obviously, did not sit well with the Horned Frogs' staff.
Went back and watched Ahmad Dixon's ejection. He was blowing kisses at the TCU crowd and laughing while walking to the locker room.— David Ubben (@davidubben) December 1, 2013
Patterson and Briles then exchanged words during the game, and that conversation continued at midfield after the game.
From my seat at Baylor-TCU, it appeared as though Gary Patterson and Art Briles were shouting at each other after Boykin was drilled.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) November 30, 2013
Making matters worse for TCU, the Frogs lost the game 41-38 after throwing an interception in the Baylor end zone with 11 seconds to play.
There appears to be video out there of the altercation, but we have yet to see it.
Pretty legitimate beef between Briles and Patterson. Our camera guy in Ft. Worth today got some video/audio of the testy handshake.— David Ubben (@davidubben) December 1, 2013
This is what Patterson had to say after the game:
"Here's the bottom line to it, No. 6 beats a guy up at the beginning of the season, he doesn't get suspended," Patterson said. "He takes a shot, I want him kicked out, head coach comes across the field to me, I got a guy laughing in front of the camera on the sidelines and I got a guy that gets to come in for one play. That's not what I call class is. So the bottom line to it is, we're not going to do that."
He continued: "Gary Patterson lives in Fort Worth. He's got a problem with me, here's where I live. I have respect for (Briles) and I have respect for his program. That's not what I'm going to teach my guys, and that guy's been doing that for four years. The bottom line to it is, it's not funny....It wasn't funny. And to come across the field at me, uh uh. I didn't build this program backing down to anybody, and I'm not going to do it to him. Not in anything we do, not in recruiting, not anything. So you need to understand this: he's picking on the wrong guy. He said, 'leave it on the field.' That's the problem I have. They didn't correct the problem a long time ago. He can say what he wants to. Like I said, I have a lot of respect for the program and for him, but you're not going to come across the field at me and it's not going to be okay to let a guy stand on the sideline and laugh in front of a TV camera when he knocks a guy out and tries to take a shot to hurt him. We're not going to do that. Period. I'm not going to leave it on the field, no. That's not the way we do things. But you're not going to come across the field at me.
"You can go correct your player and say something to him. Nobody said anything to him, I watched. I had to get the officials to go because they let him stand on the sidelines. If I wouldn't have said anything, they would've let him stand there the whole time. It wasn't that cool. If that's what class is, then I don't want to be it."