"They're still Baylor," said John Harris, who leads Texas with 336 receiving yards. "Just because they started playing better, that's good for them. We're still Texas."
Those remarks came about six months after Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmond was reprimanded by the Big 12 for his disrespectful comments toward the Bears after spring practice.
"I really don't like Baylor. I still feel they're trash," Edmond said. "Y'all think it's funny, but I'm dead serious. They've had some good players. But I don't understand how we lost to Baylor."
“The bottom line,” Patterson said, “is he’s picking on the wrong guy.”It was one of a steamy series of Patterson-issued “bottom lines” Saturday. His voice shook with anger, even though Patterson claimed he wasn’t mad.He professed, more than once, that he had “respect for him” and “respect for his program,” even as he questioned the Bears’ class.At the root of it, Patterson tried to explain, was Baylor senior safety Ahmad Dixon’s targeting penalty on Frogs receiver Trevone Boykin and what Briles did or didn’t do in the wake of it.“Here’s the bottom line to it,” Patterson said, “No. 6 [Dixon] beats a guy up at the beginning of the season and he didn’t get suspended. He takes a shot today, and I want him kicked out.And the head coach comes across the field at me.”Patterson contended that while officials were discussing the penalty, Briles came onto the field and yelled something at him.Their postgame handshake later, Patterson reported, was brief, but went right to the sore spot at hand.“I didn’t say anything,” the TCU coach said. “He said, ‘Leave it on the field.’I said not. You come across the field at me and later you want me to leave it on the field? No.”Dixon was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge in a September incident. He was not suspended from the team, leading Patterson to say Saturday, “They didn’t correct the problem a long time ago.”Instead of Briles admonishing Dixon for Saturday’s illegal third-quarter hit, Patterson became further agitated that TV cameras spotted the ejected player still sitting on the Baylor bench.“I’ve got coaches up in the box saying he’s laughing on TV underneath his towel,” Patterson said. “Well, I didn’t think it was that funny.”Patterson continued, “The bottom line is, we’re not going to do that. Gary Patterson lives in Fort Worth. If he’s got a problem with me, here’s where I live.”
“No, I just told him his kids did a great job and good luck during the rest of the year and then in recruiting,” Briles said.But Patterson took the brief interchange more personally.“He comes across the field at me?” Patterson said. “Nuh-uh.I didn’t build this program to back down to anybody, and I’m not going to do it to him. Not in recruiting or in anything we do.”
What the heck happened to Gary in Fort Worth?Just one year ago, after taking a backup quarterback into Austin on Thanksgiving night and beating Texas, there were columns being written on why Gary Patterson should NOT be the leading candidate to replace Mack Brown.Those columns were in response to Austin stories that the UT money boys wanted to hire GP, hire him like right now. But with all the outside crap involved with that particular job, a dug-in Patterson didn’t seem to be a guy who would tolerate the program’s built-in distractions.Even in a somewhat disappointing first season (2012) in the Big 12, Patterson’s reputation didn’t lose luster. In August, in a conference poll of players, the question was what coach would you like to play for other than your own?Patterson was the players’ choice.But at the moment, with TCU struggling, GP has dropped off the hot list of college coaches. He’s not even lukewarm.