By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
TCU football coach Gary Patterson will be in Bristol, Conn., on Friday to make several appearances on ESPN TV and radio programs.
Patterson is scheduled to appear on the Mike & Mike in the Morning radio show, SportsCenter and College Football Live, among others, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The Horned Frogs have a bye this week.
“You won’t see me beat my chest,” Patterson told the newspaper. “I’ll state the case of what TCU has to offer; the culmination of what we’ve done the last six years. Sometimes that gets lost.”
Boise State and TCU are competing for the No. 3 spot in the BCS standings. TCU has the edge now, but Boise State is expected to pass the Horned Frogs if it wins impressively the next two weeks.
The higher-ranked team likely will play in the BCS National Championship Game or Rose Bowl. The lower-ranked team might get left out of the BCS altogether.
Boise State’s two-time All-WAC defensive end has become a difference-maker at tight end.
Senior Ryan Winterswyk took six snaps at tight end last week at Idaho. Tailback Doug Martin ran behind him on consecutive plays in the third quarter, including his 39-yard touchdown run.
Winterswyk had one play the week before against Hawaii.
Winterswyk’s role is one solution to the depth problem presented by the injury to starting tight end Tommy Gallarda, the best blocker in the rotation.
“I think Tommy kind of lobbied for me,” Winterswyk said. “I was joking — ‘I can play tight end. I can get out there and get it done.’ ”
Offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin expects Winterswyk to be a regular on the offense now.
“When you open that door a little bit with Swyk it’s, ‘All right, what else can we do?’ ” Harsin said. “We want to utilize him. … You watch him on defense and he’s physically gifted and plays with such great pad level. You put him on our side and it’s the same thing. Now it’s just maintain the block instead of shed it.”
Said junior tight end Kyle Efaw: “He’s bigger, stronger and more physical than us. He’s caught on pretty quick. He comes off the ball just like he does on defense and just pounds people.”
Idaho safety Shiloh Keo was suspended for a half-game Wednesday for his hit to the head of Boise State quarterback Mike Coughlin in last week’s game.
Keo originally was suspended for a full game but the penalty was reduced to a half-game on appeal, just like Boise State nickel Winston Venable’s suspension earlier in the year.
Keo was flagged on the play.
"After reviewing this play, it was determined that a flagrant personal foul should have been called by the game officials which would have resulted in the player being ejected," WAC commissioner Karl Benson said in release.