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TCU's Patterson: Comments not about LSU

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TCU coach Gary Patterson said the comments he made earlier this week about Devonte Fields' two-game suspension were taken out of context and not related to LSU.

TCU and LSU play each other in the Cowboy Classic in Arlington, Texas on Aug. 31. The Horned Frogs will be without All-Big 12 defensive end Devonte Fields, but Tigers running back Jeremy Hill might play despite recently being in court from a second arrest.

Patterson said Tuesday that Fields would not be allowed to play even if the team voted him to be back because it does not teach a life lesson.

Some interpreted that as a knock on LSU coach Les Miles for allowing Hill back only after a team vote.

"I know what I said," Patterson said Thursday. "I didn't mention Jeremy Hill. I didn't mention Les Miles. It was more about Devonte Fields. If they want to make something up so they can get all fired up. ... I can get the same thing when I go home. Everyone can stand in line."

Patterson had the transcript of his Tuesday press conference sent to Miles to clear the air. The two are close friends and share the same agent.

"I'm not Babe Ruth. I don't point at fences," Patterson said. "Most of the time I play below the water. Anybody who knows me knows that's way outside of character, so why would I do it now? Why would I call up the Tiger? They don't need any more help."
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