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TCU Safety Nick Orr Suspended For First Half Of Big 12 Championship Game

The Horned Frogs will be without safety Nick Orr for the first half of the Big 12 Championship Game.

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Following the bench-clearing fight between the Bears and the Horned Frogs, the Big 12 Conference has suspended TCU safety Nick Orr for the first half of the Big 12 Championship.

Every player for both teams was issued an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the field, but Orr was seen on video throwing punches, which lead to his suspension. Baylor’s JaMycal Hasty was also suspended for a half, and D.J. Atis has been suspended for a full game. However, Baylor’s season is over. So, their suspensions won’t take place until next season’s conference opener against Kansas. Not exactly a game that will have as much on the line as the Big 12 Championship Game.

Coach Patterson understands that Orr was in the wrong, but wishes the suspension was only for the first quarter.

“I pleaded with the Big 12 to understand that if you are going suspend him, let’s use some common sense and suspend him for the first quarter,” Patterson said Sunday afternoon. “I’m not saying he’s not wrong. (Orr) is at fault. He’s the kid that didn’t want to be a part of it and now he’s going to lose. If you watch the video, you’ll see he was trying to stay out of it. He got slammed to the ground from behind.”

Orr’s family wasn’t happy with the suspension either, and made their frustrations known via social media.

Orr’s absence, even for a half, is a big loss for the Horned Frogs. He is one of their more talented defensive backs, and is tied for second with 59 tackles this season.

“I am disappointed for Orr because he’s a senior and he’s not going to be able to play the whole Big 12 title game,” Patterson told the Star-Telegram on Sunday. “It’s not like he came off the bench and cold-cocked a guy.”


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