It remains to be seen whether LSU running back Jeremy Hill plays in his team's season opener against Texas Christian in a few weeks. The troubled sophomore star may yet be suspended by coach Les Miles.
But that didn't stop TCU coach Gary Patterson from taking a pointed jab at Miles' discipline of Hill. According to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Patterson had this to say about Miles' decision to let Hill's LSU teammates vote on his reinstatement:
"I'm sure if it was some opponent they'd beat by 100 points (the players) wouldn't have a vote. It's not my worry. I've got to play whoever they put on the field."
Hill was reinstated to the team following a highly favorable ruling from a judge that kept him out of jail following a probation violation. He was already on probation for a sex-related crime with a minor that occurred while he was in high school. Then last spring, Hill sucker-punched someone outside a Baton Rouge bar and was charged with battery. The result? Two more years of probation, no jail time, and the return of his LSU helmet. Hill's return to the team has been roundly criticized in the press.
Patterson, meanwhile, has suspended one of his best players for the LSU game. And he wasn't afraid to draw a comparison.
"My whole team would vote Devonte (Fields) to be back on the team because they all want to win," Patterson said. "That doesn't teach life lessons."