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Former TCU Player Alleges Gary Patterson Used Racial Slur, Current Players Refuse to Attend Practice

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Former TCU football defensive back Niko Small is alleging that a racial slur was used by head football coach Gary Patterson in front of players.

In a tweet Monday morning, Small said he wants Patterson “to make a public apology and for what he has done and face consequences” while stating that “TCU needs a huge change.”

Small played at TCU from 2015-2018 and was a regular starter for the final three years of his career.


Then came another story from TCU linebacker Dylan Jordan who said the team refused to show up at practice today due to an alleged altercation with Coach Patterson.

Meantime, Gary Patterson is set to begin his 20th season with the Horned Frogs, which makes him the second-longest tenured active head coach in the FBS behind Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz.

Coach Patterson is 172–70 during his career, but the Horned Frogs are coming off a disappointing 5-7 campaign.


Patterson and TCU now become the third Big 12 coaching staff to deal with similar issues where players have called out members of the coaching staff. At Oklahoma State, head coach Mike Gundy was called out by star running back Chuba Hubbard for wearing an OAN t-shirt. Meantime, at West Virginia, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and the Mountaineers agreed to part ways after allegations from a player regarding Koenning’s treatment.

The Horned Frogs have had an impressive offseason, adding several quality transfers to a team that lost several close games last season. However, how these allegations factor into the future of the program remain to be seeen.

UPDATE: Gary Patterson has released a statement apologizing for what has transpired. Read his statement below.

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