Since its filing by one of his former players on January 31st, TCU head coach Gary Patterson had yet to speak about the Kolby Listenbee lawsuit. On Sunday, however, he finally broke his silence.
In a session with reporters following one of TCU’s spring practices, Patterson refrained from going into too much detail about the suit but seemed eager to defend himself.
David Ubben of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football tweeted out a series of quotes from Patterson’s conversation with the media. The head coach noted that he was “excited to tell our side.”
Patterson: "I'm excited to tell our side. It's just not going to be today."
— David Ubben (@davidubben) March 4, 2018
According to Patterson, multiple former players have come forward offering to defend him, but he’s asked them to not comment publicly for now. Patterson talked about both his own and his staff’s commitment to prioritizing the health of student athletes in his program, defending the trainers and other medical staff that oversee injuries.
The lawsuit has overshadowed much of the offseason news for the football program. That includes recruiting news, of course, but Patterson says the allegations have not hurt the Horned Frogs in that regard.
Since the suit was filed he’s had recruits and their families on campus, but they haven’t asked about the allegations. TCU currently has five commitments for the 2019 class.