Big 12: TCU 021512

TCU coach comments on drug arrests

February, 15, 2012
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TCU coach Gary Patterson released a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday in the wake of news that four of his players were among 17 students arrested in a recent drug sting.
"There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days. As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad.

"Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU’s student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period. Our program is respected nationally for its strong ethics and for that reason the players arrested today were separated from TCU by the University. I believe strongly that young people’s lives are more important than wins or losses.

"This situation isn’t unique to TCU -- it is a global issue that we all have to address. This isn’t just about bad decisions made by a small percentage of my team. It is about a bigger issue across this country and world.

"As a coach, I do the best I can to educate members of my team. We have programs in place that teach student-athletes about what they should and shouldn’t do and how to be successful in life. I talk to them about how to be students and upstanding men that uphold the TCU name and its traditions.

"At the end of the day, though, sometimes young people make poor choices. The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved."

Strong words from Patterson -- and he's said more than you'd expect at this point in the story, which will surely have plenty of fallout in the coming weeks and months.

More on this story and details on the arrests here.
Police released the names of four TCU football players among 17 TCU students arrested in a recent police drug sting.

The football players arrested are: junior linebacker Tanner Brock, junior safety Devin Johnson, junior defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey and sophomore offensive tackle Tyler Horn.

Brock entered the 2011 season as a starter and one of the team's best defenders, but he hurt his ankle in September and missed the rest of the season.

In 2010, he led the team in tackles with 106 and was named an All-Mountain West performer. TCU hoped he'd be able to slide into the leadership role vacated by linebacker Tank Carder.

To state the rather obvious: Don't count on seeing these guys play in 2012. No official word on their status has come down from TCU. From Richard Durrett's report:
Three of the students were arrested on campus; 14 were arrested off-campus. Boschini said the school has never experienced a mass arrest such as this.
"I'm extremely concerned," TCU chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said. "If one kid is involved, it's one kid too many."

The investigation began about six months ago, and the Fort Worth Police Department worked with the TCU campus police. TCU police chief Steve McGee said the students arrested Wednesday were caught in an undercover operation selling marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and prescription drugs.

McGee says the six-month investigation was prompted by complaints from students and parents, among others.

Johnson started for the Horned Frogs this season and made 47 tackles. Yendrey made 39 tackles and earned an All-Mountain West honorable mention nod in 2011.

Brock earned All-America status after the 2010 season.

Horn was a reserve lineman.

Four TCU players arrested in drug sweep

February, 15, 2012
2/15/12
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Could be some rough times ahead for the folks in Fort Worth.
Seventeen TCU students, including four football players, have been arrested on drug charges, the school announced during a Wednesday news conference.

The sweeping drug sting likely involved students from three fraternities. The investigation is ongoing and there could be more arrests, according to TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr.

Three of the students were arrested on campus and 14 were arrested off campus. Boschini said the school has never experienced mass arrests like this before. The investigation began about six months ago and the Fort Worth Police Department worked with the TCU campus police. TCU Police Chief Steve McGee said the students arrested Wednesday were caught in an undercover operation selling marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs.

McGee says the six-month investigation was prompted by complaints from students, parents and others.

Names of the players are expected to be released later Wednesday.

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