Zapruder Analysis of Gary Patterson's Rant on Art Briles's Being Classless
There was a time not all that long ago when beef between TCU and Baylor would have been the functional equivalent of a lower mid card bout on a WWE pay per view, with the relative level of care being confined to close friends, family, ardent alums and maybe "Mean" Gene Okerlund.
Gary Patterson is not amused, Art Briles.
Now, with Bedlam coming up this weekend in Stillwater (still a perpetual Big 12 main event caliber beef between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) and with Texas and Texas A&M always hating each other with the white-hot fury of a thousand suns (even though their rivalry on the field is clinically dead), a TCU-and-Baylor tiff is still probably mid card material in the South, but at least now it's for, like, the Intercontinental title or something.
Why is this important today? Well, because TCU head coach Gary Patterson has about had it with Art Briles, had it with Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon and probably had it with the 2013 season altogether.
Patterson said as much in his post-game presser after the Horned Frogs' 41-38 loss to Baylor in Fort Worth on Saturday.
Of course, any viewing and subsequent Zapruder of what is about to be an angry rant by an emotionally frazzled college football coach must be prefaced with the bigger picture, which to some degree always seeps into whatever anger we are watching take place before our very eyes, and for Patterson and TCU the big picture on the field has been difficult since moving to the Big 12 in 2012. (Off the field, in the university's checkbook, it's probably been quite fruitful.)
After losing 13 games combined from 2005 to 2011 as a member of the Mountain West Conference, Patterson's teams have lost 14 games in the past two seasons. Perhaps contributing to a certain frustration level is that their 4-8 record this season is quite deceiving, with their final three losses coming by a total of eight points and with all eight losses coming by a combined total of 68 points (a relatively low total for a 4-8 team in a conference flush with offenses that typically pound 4-8 teams).
So on Saturday, after Dixon was called for a targeting penalty on TCU wide receiver Trevone Boykin, and was then spotted on the Baylor sideline reportedly laughing about it (well, about something), Patterson had seen enough. Obviously, there's a lot more bleeding into this rant than just a Dixon issue. It's a pretty compelling look at what one Big 12 head coach clearly thinks of the integrity (or lack thereof) of one of his peers.
Take a look....