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Houston (CBS Houston) – The matchup between LSU and TCU on opening weekend, just got that more interesting. Both of the coaches are respected and highly revered. Their programs were both ranked high in the USA Today’s coaches’ poll, TCU at No. 20 and LSU ranked at 13. but when it comes to discipline, Gary Patterson and Les Miles are nothing alike.
TCU coach Gary Patterson disagreed with Tigers coach Les Miles for his disciplinary tactic for reinstating LSU running back Jeremy Hill. Miles said that he left the decision of reinstating up to a team vote, and that Hill’s teammates allowed him to return to the field.
Hill, sophomore, had been suspended from all team activities after he was given two ADDITIONAL years of probation, since his April arrest for his role in punching a man outside of a bar. His arrest violated the probation sentence he was already serving for pleading guilty to a 2012 misdemeanor for his sexual relationship with a then-14-year-old girl while he was still in high school.
After his teammates voted for reinstatement, according to The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Miles wouldn’t rule out Hill missing any games in 2013 as part of an LSU imposed punishment.
So, enter TCU’s Gary Patterson, who has suspended his best player defensive end Devonte Fields, for ironically, the LSU game. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Patterson said that he won’t leave Fields’ two-game suspension up to a vote from his teammates.
“My whole team would vote Devonte to be back on the team because they all want to win,” Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That doesn’t teach life lessons.”
TCU begins their season against LSU August 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
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