After deciding with athletic director Chris Del Conte on Trevone Boykin's bowl future, TCU head coach Gary Patterson knew that it wasn't necessary to give Boykin a lecture before sending him home.
"It's unfortunate for him, because Trevone meant so much to TCU," Patterson said. "And we love him. But, he understands."
Boykin was sent home after an incident in the wee hours of Thursday where he was arrested for hitting a peace officer while publicly intoxicated on San Antonio's Riverwalk. Patterson confirmed that to his knowledge, only two players were involved in the incident. Preston Miller, a walk-on receiver from Highland Park, was the other player sent home with Boykin following the event.
Boykin tweeted out a lengthy apology yesterday, as offensive coordinators Doug Meachem and Sonny Cumbie said Bram Kohlhausen and Foster Sawyer will both likely get reps as for the Alamo Bowl.
However, Patterson didn't seemed concerned at all on who would be the starter.
"Would you rather have a new coordinator, or a new quarterback? I say coordinator, because a quarterback makes it happen on the field," he said. "To me, it doesn't matter on who starts. Just as long as they can throw it to the right color."
On prepping for Oregon
Patterson praised his team's practice efforts once again, saying that the team understands the quality of play that Oregon puts out. He also praised Oregon's speed and formations, calling them a highly challenging team to prepare for.
"I wouldn't dream about playing Oregon," Patterson said when he was asked about the possibility of playing another modern football powerhouse. "As a defensive guy, that's not high on my Christmas list."
He did call the matchup a "win-win" though, citing the need to play quality out of conference opponents. He said the bowl game against Oregon is a great addition, as the Ducks are fresh off a national championship appearace. He also said he's pleased with upcoming slate of TCU's games, including home-and-home contests with Ohio State and Arkansas.
"It's a challenge for me not just as a head coach, but as a defensive guy as well," Patterson said.
'Nothing like them' in the Pac-12
Although Patterson's comments and answers to Trevone Boykin questions dominated the press conference, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich had a smorgasboard of praise to give to TCU's team.
"There's not really anyone like them in our conference," Helfrich said, citing TCU's defensive schemes and innovations with the Air Raid.
A lot of smiles and laughter was shared between the two head coaches during their joint press conference, but Patterson in particular brought down the house as he began talking about defense and scoring points.
"If there's a lot of points, you guys (meaning fans and media) will be really happy, but I won't be happy," he said before smirking at the cameras. "If [Oregon] doesn't score a lot of points, that'll make me happy."
That challenge will be a great first test for defensive grad assistant Jason Phillips, the former TCU linebacker and NFL talent. Phillips has been taking over as linebacker coach with DeMontie Cross commuting back and forth from Mizzou, where Cross played football and was recently named the new defensive coordinator. The linebackers coach position is likely Phillips' job to lose, but an announcement may be made sooner if Ty Summers and the rest of TCU's young players play up to their potential against one of the best offenses in the nation.
TCU and Oregon will kick off tomorrow at 5:45 p.m. in San Antonio's Alamodome.