FORT WORTH — Tensions boiled over between TCU and Baylor on Friday when a brawl erupted between the teams at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
As bad as the brawl was for both the Horned Frogs and Bears — which later resulted in suspensions levied by the Big 12 on three players — TCU head coach Gary Patterson thinks his staff kept it from becoming far worse.
Patterson said on Tuesday that he wishes the TCU coaching staff received more credit for keeping TCU players on the sidelines from the joining the melee.
“Not one player from our sideline ever got to their sideline,” Patterson said. “Not one. Only the 11 guys on the field. The coaches stopped them. Could you imagine if we had 25 guys suspended?”
Patterson, while applauding his staff’s efforts, added that it’s the coaches’ job of protecting players on both teams during ugly incidents on the football field — even in a rivalry game.
“That’s what we do as coaches. We protect both colored jerseys,” Patterson said. “It’s our responsibility as coaches and parents — that’s what we tell them.”
Every player on both teams was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct flag following the fight. TCU safety Nick Orr received a half-game suspension for the Big 12 Championship Game — much to the disliking of Patterson — while Baylor’s JaMycal Hasty and D.J. Artis received a half game and full game suspension for the Bears’ 2018 home game vs. Kansas, respectively.
Baylor and TCU will meet again on Nov. 17, 2018. The game will be played at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.
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