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The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of 28!
The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of '28!
By Georgie London, Staff Writer
Published May 13, 2024
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Patterson criticizes Evans coverage

While Gary Patterson expressed his disappointment in kicker Ross Evans Tuesday at his weekly press conference, the head coach also criticized the TCU Daily Skiff for implying that drugs were involved in Evans’ arrest.

“Am I happy that he kicked down a door? No,” Patterson said. “And I haven’t let him practice up until this point, but I was not happy when I opened the school newspaper and [found] out that we’re saying ‘well, it might have had to do with drugs.’

“I did not think that was the right thing to do to a fellow student at this university. Just because it’s the football team,” he said. “The kid’s going to get a degree from here. All he’s done is kick. He’s going to be the all-time leading scorer.”

Patterson said the Skiff was unfair in its coverage of Evans’ incident, and he planned to take action on the matter.

“Unless there’s facts, we shouldn’t write things or say things that aren’t true,” Patterson said. “Because I thought that what was implied was not fair to this football team or to Ross Evans. It was in poor taste. And I thought I had a conversation with the journalism school at this university that we weren’t going to do that anymore. And we did. I’ll have conversations with people when I get done with this week.”

The article Patterson was referring to, which ran Nov. 22 in the Skiff and on TCU360.com, made no mention of drugs or their involvement in the case.

A police report of the incident, obtained from the Denton Police Department, ran alongside the story. The report stated that Jared Acton, who was in the apartment when Evans allegedly kicked down the door, said “he had never seen [Evans] before but that he knew William [the man Acton said Evans was looking for] to be a drug user from his own admittance.”

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