TCU head coach Gary Patterson was not happy when his team suffered a 42-34 loss to SMU in the Iron Skillet battle on Saturday. However, Patterson was more upset when SMU attempted to plant his flag over the Horned Frogs logo in midfield, which resulted in his special assistant, Jerry Kill, being injured in the incident.
Kill suffered a concussion after being knocked down twice during the scuffle, including once by TCU players.
“I can’t prove it was a person from SMU or TCU, but it did,” Patterson said at a press conference Tuesday. “If we hadn’t had the flags, this wouldn’t have happened. OKAY?”
Drew Davison from Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that several videos of the brawl showed Kill being knocked down by his own players. Kill was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2005 and retired from head coach in 2015 due to health factors.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Mustangs wide receiver Rashee Rice ignited things by saying “No one is coming to Texas for Fort Worth.” After the upset SMU victory, Rice ran with the school flag and brought it to midfield. From there, a small fight broke out between the two teams.
SMU corner Brandon Crossley then brought the flag back to midfield and planted it over the Horned Frogs logo. Several TCU players rushed to stop him.
In response to Patterson, SMU athletic director Rick Hart–who wished Kill a speedy recovery–the team denied his allegations.
“We have thoroughly reviewed all of the videos available to us and found no evidence of amnion associated with SMU’s involvement in this incident,” Hart said. “I was assured that any hints that this had happened would be ‘reduced’ by Coach Patterson at today’s press conference.”
Hart also pointed out that the Mustangs had no intention of planting their flag on TCU’s field after the victory.
“It’s a complete build,” Hart said in a statement. “I can say unequivocally that there was no such plan. [Patterson] highlights the presence of members of our creative team in the field as proof. We had many videographers and photographers on the field during and after the game and they were just following a number of players and staff to document the victory of our ESPN + series, “The Hilltop”.
“I was on the pitch after the game, with our coaches and the president, and neither of us was even aware that there had been an attempt to plant the flag in midfield.”
While Patterson was initially upset that his players were fighting, he changed his position when he found out why they were fighting.
“I didn’t know when I came here (for the post-game press conference), or when I went to the locker room, there had been a flag situation,” Patterson told reporters. “I just heard our guys had a fight. Now, like I told them on Sunday at our team meeting, I was proud of them. In the end, that’s what you are. supposed to do at the end of the day.You are supposed to stand up for what we all worked for and what we do and how we do things.
“And I would expect that if my kids would act that way at SMU, I would expect them to act the same if they tried to do it in their stadium.”
TCU (2-1) will face Texas on Saturday while SMU (4-0) return home for their homecoming against South Florida.
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