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TCU, UT Coaches Do The Right Thing
August 07, 2012
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Sunday in Fort Worth and Austin, TCU and Texas held their on-campus media days. For two very different reasons, the quarterback position at each school was and is a hot topic. Hot topics aren't a favorite of college football coaches.

Your Humble Correspondent wants to commend Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson and Longhorns coach Mack Brown for having their quarterbacks available.

Case McCoy and David Ash are competing for the starting job at Texas and Longhorns fans are desperate to know every detail of the battle. Because neither has been named the starter, it would have been easy for Brown to decline to bring either to the media session. But both were there to answer questions from inquiring minds.

For TCU, it was a sensitive situation because last week junior quarterback Casey Pachall admitted (during an interview with Fort Worth police) to failing a drug test in February. He also said he had experimented with other drugs.

Pachall made a statement of apology for his actions. Patterson spent much of his news conference answering questions about his quarterback's status, etc. While most media day news conferences are mundane affairs, the TCU coach faced a much tougher line of questioning. He stood tall, stayed patient and answered the questions.



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