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TCU Coach Gary Patterson Calls Out LSU's Les Miles for Jeremy Hill Vote

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 29:  Head coaches Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs watches from the sidelines during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans at Sun Devil Stadium on December 29, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. The Spartans defeated the Horned Frogs 17-16.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Alan BlackAnalyst IIIAugust 8, 2013

LSU and TCU play at Cowboys Stadium on August 31 in the season opener for both teams.

The Tigers and Horned Frogs have each had a tumultuous offseason, as each has had star players get into trouble.

LSU running back Jeremy Hill faced legal action for violating his probation by sucker punching a man outside of a bar this spring.  TCU defensive end Devonte Fields has been suspended for two games for violating team rules.

As of right now, however, only Fields is suspended for the big game between the two at Jerry's World.

Hill has been reinstated to the team following a vote by his teammates, who unanimously voted to welcome him back to the team.

CBS Sports' Gregg Doyel is not a big fan of how Les Miles handled the situation, pointing out the obvious weaknesses in Miles' claim that he wouldn't have reinstated Hill but the team vote forced him to reinstate Hill.

On Wednesday, TCU head coach Gary Patterson joined Doyel in the ranks of those who are less than pleased with Miles' action. Patterson made it clear that he never considered putting Fields' status with the team up for vote.

Patterson stated, via Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "My whole team would vote Devonte to be back on the team because they all want to win.  That doesn't teach life lessons."

Patterson further hit the nail on the head when he said of Hill's reinstatement, "I'm sure if it was some kind of opponent they'd beat by 100 points, they wouldn't have a vote."

Patterson is understandably frustrated about the situation, one in which he did the right thing and LSU unsurprisingly chose winning over what is right.

Miles has said that Hill will face punishment from the team, but he has not said if that will include any sort of suspension. So while there is a chance that he will be suspended for the TCU game, as of right now Patterson has to game-plan for a player who has no business being on the field for the season opener.

For right now, Patterson has to deal with the frustration of facing an opponent who took the easy way out while he did the right thing.

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