TCU's Gary Patterson goes on SMU rant

After comments made by SMU head coach June Jones and receiver Darius Johnson regarding TCU, coach Gary Patterson had some harsh words of his own for his cross-town rival.

SMU beat TCU 40-33 in overtime Saturday for the first time since 2005, finally making the game between the Dallas-Fort Worth cross-town schools look like a rivalry.

But at TCU's weekly press conference on Tuesday, Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson, who is 9-2 against SMU, ranted about the Conference USA officiating and a few comments made by Mustangs' head coach June Jones and receiver Darius Johnson.

The week before the game, Jones made comments on what he expected out of the match-up.

"On film, they don't look any different to me than they did 10 years ago," Jones said when asked what he thought about TCU's defense. "They just keep putting people in, doing what they do and that's why they're good.

"They don't change what they do; they stay and make people adjust to them. They might do one thing new for you a game, but they're going to do what they do and they're going to beat you. That's their attitude."

But Patterson didn't like the postgame comment made by Johnson, who led both teams with 12 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

"I don't really like these TCU people," Johnson said after the game.

Patterson didn't take kindly to the response.

"SMU has had a lot of help from us over the last three or four years to improve their program," Patterson said. "I don't appreciate being treated the way it is; that's how we got reciprocated. We're going to go on about our business, but they're not going to get the same help anymore ... not about a ballgame, not about conferences, not about anybody. They're getting no help from Gary Patterson, period.

"They shouldn't ask me about going into a conference, they shouldn't ask me about how they play, they shouldn't ask me about their players, they shouldn't ask me about anything because they're not getting any help, period, anymore.

"We've bent over backwards to make sure that they can improve their program because I believe that's what you do."

After the game, Jones praised Patterson and TCU, saying, "Gary's a good man. He's a good guy. We want to be like this. We want a stadium like this. They made the decision to commit to football years ago when he came. I think this will really help us get some of the things that we need done."

With the loss, TCU fell out of the national polls for the first time in three years. It also ended a 23-game home winning streak.


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