Gary Patterson Responds To Baker Mayfield’s Comments: ‘If People Knew The Whole Story’

    Gary Patterson Responds To Baker Mayfield's Comments: 'If People Knew The Whole Story' about pulling the scholarship offer from TCU.

    December 29, 2015


    Gary Patterson responds to Baker Mayfield’s comments about TCU not following through with a scholarship offer.


    Baker Mayfield may be facing Clemson New Year’s Eve in the biggest game of his life, but Gary Patterson and TCU are still top of mind.

    During Monday’s Orange Bowl media availability, I asked Oklahoma’s walk-on sensation how many coaches have apologized for not offering him a scholarship out of high school.

    “None, really.”

    “Which school disappointed you most?” I inquired.

    “TCU,” Mayfield said, without hesitation.

    “They told me they were gonna give me a scholarship, and then kinda drug it out,” said the Sooner quarterback. Mayfield waived off other schools thinking the Horned Frogs were a lock.

    “I truly believed they were gonna offer me because that’s what they told me. It disappointed me. They kinda hung me out to dry right before signing day.”

    TCU head coach Gary Patterson remembers the story a little bit differently.

    At practice for the Frogs’ Alamo Bowl match-up vs Oregon, Patterson summoned the coach who recruited Mayfield, defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow.

    “When did we tell Baker Mayfield he wasn’t getting a scholarship?”

    “First week of January,” responded Glasgow.

    National Signing Day in 2013 was February 6th.

    “I like Baker Mayfield,” said Patterson. “I think he’s a good kid and that’s what disappoints me.

    “Remember what was going on then,” Patterson continued. “Casey Pachall was in alcohol rehab, we already had Trevone [Boykin], Tyler Matthews was an early commit. When we knew we were getting Casey back, there just wasn’t a need. This stuff happens all the time.”

    Patterson also reflected back on TCU’s 2014 upset of Oklahoma, suspecting that Mayfield, who played under Frogs’ offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie at Texas Tech the previous season, was stealing TCU’s signals for the Sooners.

    “Baker’s been out for us for a while. If he wants to blame TCU for 128 BCS schools not offering him a scholarship, that’s fine. But ask Kliff Kingsbury why he didn’t offer him a scholarship at Texas Tech. Ask about Baker’s dad [James]. He’s an arrogant guy who thinks he knows everything. If people knew the whole story, they might not have a great opinion of Baker or his father.”

    Patterson’s a coach who doesn’t often mince words, but publicly calling out a kid’s father is something he says he’s never done in 33 years of coaching – and vows never to again.

    But the negativity should only further fuel a fire under Mayfield that already burns bright from the naysayers he’s extinguished, one by one, en route to Oklahoma’s Big 12 title and a shot at the national championship.

    And as far as his thoughts on Patterson?

    “He doesn’t like me… and I have no comment on that.”

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