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TCU head coach issues apology after using a racial slur

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Coach Gary Patterson (Photo courtesy TCU Athletics)

Texas Christian University head football coach Gary Patterson issued an apology Tuesday after allegedly using a racial slur for a football player.

“I met with our Seniors and Leadership Council last night about how we move forward as a team, together,” Patterson wrote in a statement. ” We are committed to individuals and as a program to fighting racial injustice of any kind.

“I apologize for the use of a word that, in any context, is unacceptable. I have always encouraged players to do better and be better, and I must live by the same standards. Our players, past and present, have always been the strength of the program. These men are and will always be my motivation and driving force.”

In a Twitter post Monday, TCU linebacker Dylan Jordan said that the incident took place earlier this week.

“This past Sunday was our third practice of fall camp,” Jordan’s post read. “Coach Patterson called me out for posting my gf (girlfriend) on National GF Day in front of the defense. As practice moved on, he approached me about it. He then said, ‘you’re a f****** spoiled brat, I’ll send you back to (Pittsburg, Kansas).’ He followed with, ‘you’ve been saying n***** in the meeting room.’ This morning, I show up for practice and multiple players approached me and asked if it was true. I told them yes and how everything happened. We refused to go to practice this morning, and he came to the locker room and said, ‘I wasn’t calling him a n*****.’ This behavior is not okay now or ever and there needs to be repercussions to these actions.”

As of now there has been no official word on whether the school will take action against Peterson. He is now entering his 20th season as head coach of TCU.

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PCA player Gage Ashley shines on offense and defense

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Porter’s Chapel Academy football player Gage Ashley led the Eagles in rushing yards and tackles Friday in a conference game against Greenville Christian.

Although the Eagles lost the game 59-0, Ashley still managed to have a good game on both offense and defense.

Ashley carried the ball seven times for 42 yards on offense, and managed to rack up seven tackles and a sack.

Ashley has been shining all season for the Eagles, who are having their best season in over three years.

The Eagles will face Glenbrook this Friday, and Ashley will need another big night to help PCA win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Thompson and Riggs top quarterbacks in Vicksburg and Warren County

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(photo courtesy K. Thompson and J. Riggs)

Warren Central quarterback Kentrick Thompson and Porter’s Chapel Academy quarterback Jace Riggs are the two top quarterbacks in Vicksburg and Warren County as of this week.

Thompson is leading statistically for the two public schools in the Vicksburg area. He has an overall of six touchdowns on the season, and the Vikings remain undefeated.

Riggs, who is in his first season as starting quarterback for the Eagles, is leading for the private schools in the area. He has made seven touchdowns, and PCA maintains a 4-4 record.

Both have stepped up for their teams this year, and each week they continue to improve.

Riggs and PCA will face Glenbrook this Friday at home starting at 7 p.m., and the Vikings have an off week.

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Sims racked up eight tackles in his college debut

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Vicksburg native and Hinds Community College football player Malik Sims made eight tackles in his college football debut Thursday night.

In the game against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Sims came in second with tackles for the Eagles as they lost 31-24 against the defending national championship team.

Sims was a key player in the game, and he was seen all over the field stopping defenders. He is mostly known for his great tackling ability, which started when he was a Warren Central Viking playing under head coach Josh Morgan.

Sims and the Eagles will be at home this coming Thursday as they face the Jones County CC Bobcats.

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