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Gary Patterson will yell your concussion away

Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:00 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last month during a win over SMU, TCU head coach Gary Patterson was caught on camera yelling at a trainer on the sidelines.  Turns out that Patterson wasn't very fond of the trainer's decision to hold running back Ed Wesley out of the game with what he diagnosed as a concussion.  Well that trainer was the team's head physician, and during an interview with American Medical News , he gave us a better idea of what went down on that sideline.

"He was knocked unconscious, and any loss of consciousness is automatically considered a concussion," said Dr. Samuel J. Haraldson. "He had an unsteady gait and a few memory problems.

"Then five or six plays later, I literally was verbally accosted by the coach, screaming at me insanely at the top of his lungs that he doesn't think [Wesley] has a concussion and what right do I have to hold him out,"

Haraldson says that after TCU had taken control of the game, Patterson did come over and offer what he termed a "pseudo-apology."  Of course, a few days later Patterson told ESPN Dallas that as far as he was concerned, Wesley "was fine ten minutes after he got hurt."

It's a problem that isn't just taking place at TCU, either.  Coaches throughout the country are under more pressure to win football games than ever before, and treating concussions so carefully is a new thing in football because we're only know becoming aware of what kind of damage they can do.  Just look at Arkansas, where even though Ryan Mallett suffered a concussion last week against Auburn, he's back practicing and is likely going to play again this Saturday.

That's a decision based on winning football games, not Mallett's personal well-being.

These are supposed to be student -athletes, after all, who aren't being paid to play at the school.  Instead they're being rewarded with a free education, which doesn't mean much if you can't remember anything you learned because your coach is rushing you back onto the field following a concussion.
Hat tip: Doc Saturday

Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:20 am

Gary Patterson will yell your concussion away

No need to change. Gary is passionate and as long as he gets feedback like this his passion will stay in bounds. He's no Bobby Knight.

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:06 am

Gary Patterson will yell your concussion away

Horrible piece of journalism.  Tell the full story, before spreading false assumptions.  It has already been reported that the Team Doctor & Patterson worked out their differences.  Both are calling this a simple misunderstanding.  What Tom Fornelli is implying is an absolute lie!!
One reaction by a coach before he understands the details of the injury doesn't mean Patterson "pushes" injured players onto the field.

Wesley did not play the rest of the game.  You have no facts to support your claim of Patterson rushing injured players back before they're ready.  You have no facts to support your claim that Patterson doesn't care about the well being of his players.

If you want to say Patterson's outburst is a sign of a frustrated coach who was unhappy his RB couldn't play the rest of the game.  Fine.  If you want to say Patterson's outburst was disrespectful to the Team Doctor.  Fine.  That's legit.

But to paint Patterson as less than caring about his players well being & careless with his players health, is unethical tabloid journalism.

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2010 6:22 pm

Gary Patterson will yell your concussion away

"Coach Patterson wasn't aware of the full details of the incident, and I take responsibility for that. We sat down and talked it over, and it's all been worked out. I apologized to Coach Patterson, and he apologized to me." Espn Dallas aritcle.

If it happens agian then you should feel the way you do. There is always two sides to ever story. This is why teams have medical staff's on the sidelines, to keep coaches from making uniformed/emotional calls. The player did not play. Check and Balance.

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2010 6:21 pm

Gary Patterson will yell your concussion away

Gary has tremendous respect for his players from what i have seen and witnessed.  There is much more to this story and its written from a very one sided perspective...hardly good journalism. 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:29 pm

Gary Patterson will yell your concussion away

To this point, I have not heard much about Patterson the person, but I have respected his winning ways.  That just changed.  For a HC to have so little regard for his players health and so little respect for his medical staff, I have lost much respect for the guy.  I am as big of a college football fan as their is, but I still recognize it is a game.  I would not want Patterson associated with my school, and keep in mind that my HC is Les Miles. 

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